scmo_banner_news.jpg

Header Image: Bishop Ian Murray

 

Tributes have been paid to Bishop Ian Murray, former Bishop of Argyll & the Isles, who died yesterday (Friday 22 January) aged 83.

 

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland said:

 

“On behalf of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland I would like to offer Bishop Murray’s family our deepest and most prayerful sympathies,”

 

“During his active years as a bishop, Ian Murray played a full part in the life and work of the Bishops’ Conference contributing with humanity, faith and humour to everything that we did. He will be sorely missed. May God rest his generous soul.”

 

The Scottish Bishops are currently gathered in session at the Royal Scots College in Salamanca, Spain, an institution to which Bishop Murray had a lifelong bond as both student and, subsequently, rector. They celebrated a Mass for him in the College this morning.

 

“When we heard the sad news this afternoon, Archbishop Tartaglia immediately halted proceedings and we paused to pray for the repose of Bishop Murray’s soul,” said Archbishop Leo Cushley.

 

“Ian Murray was a happy priest, a good bishop and a father to his people with a particular corner of his heart for the students of the Royal Scots College in Spain.”

 

Bishop Joseph Toal of Motherwell who, is also a former Rector of the Royal Scots College and Bishop Emeritus of Argyll & the Isles, said;

 

“We will remember Bishop Murray with great fondness both as Emeritus Bishop of Argyll & the Isles and also his wonderful contribution to the Royal Scots College in Spain,”

 

“We ask God to grant him eternal rest after his fruitful and happy ministry as a priest and bishop in Scotland – and we appreciate all that he did for the Church in our country over the past 60 years of his priesthood.”

 

Monsignor Jamie MacNeil, Diocesan Administrator of Argyll & the Isles said;

 

“We have very fond memories of Bishop Ian and are very sad to hear the news of his death. The priests and people of the diocese will make heartfelt prayers for the repose of his soul with gratitude to God for his service and his leadership in our diocese.”

 

The new Bishop of Argyll & the Isles Bishop-elect Brian McGee said; "It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Bishop Ian Murray, I will pray for the repose of his soul while I am in Rome and join with so many others across Scotland, mourning his loss.

 

 

ENDS

 

Peter Kearney

Director

Catholic Media Office

5 St. Vincent Place

Glasgow

G1 2DH

0141 221 1168

07968 122291

mail@scmo.org

www.scmo.org

Notes to Editors:

 

 

 

1. The date of Bishop Murray's funeral will be advised in due course.

 

2. Biography:

Ian Murray was born in Lennoxtown, Dunbartonshire, on 15 December 1932, the eldest of the four children of John and Margaret Murray. He began his education at St Machan's Primary School in Lennoxtown before moving onto St Ninian's High School in Kirkintilloch in 1944. Two years later he began life as a seminarian at St Mary's College, Blairs, Aberdeenshire.

 

In 1950, Ian Murray was one of a group of eleven students selected by the bishops of Scotland to reopen the Real Colegio de Escoceses or Royal Scots College in Valladolid which had been closed since the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

 

For the next six years he was a student of the Scots College, attending classes at a local seminary. Ian Murray was ordained in the college chapel on 17 March 1956 by Bishop Joseph McGee, himself a former student of the college.

 

Returning to the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh, Fr Murray was initially appointed to St Mary's Cathedral in Edinburgh by Archbishop Gordon Gray. Three months later he was appointed curate in St Kenneth's, Lochore, which was then a thriving mining village.

 

After a spell as curate in St Columba's in Newington, he returned to the Royal Scots College in Valladolid in 1963 as Vice-Rector.

 

In 1970, Fr Ian Murray then become the first resident Catholic chaplain of the recently founded University of Stirling. There he remained for eight years. Thereafter, he served in Our Lady and St Bride’s, Cowdenbeath, and St Ninian’s, Restalrig.

 

In 1987 he returned to Spain, this time as Rector of the Royal Scots College. His first major task to negotiate the transfer of the college to its present site in Salamanca. This he did successfully in 1988.  

 

Upon returning to Scotland in 1994, Fr Murray served in Galashiels and then as parish priest of both Slamannan and Falkirk as well as being Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. 

 

In 1999 Ian Murray was nominated the 9th Bishop of Argyll & the Isles and ordained on 7 December, the feast of St Ambrose, Patron of the Royal Scots College. He retired in December 2008. 

 

Bishop Ian Murray spent his latter years in residence at St Columba's in Newington and then St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral – back where he began in priestly ministry nearly 60 years prior – before finding a new home at St Joseph’s House under the gentle care of the Little Sisters of the Poor.

 

Right Reverend Bishop Ian Murray (1932-2016):

 

St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh 1956

 

St Kenneth, Lochore 1956-61

 

Vice-Rector, Royal Scots College, Spain 1963-70

 

Chaplain, University of Stirling 1970-78

 

Our Lady & St Bride, Cowdenbeath 1978-85

 

St Ninian, Restalrig 1985-87

 

Rector, Royal Scots College, Spain 1987-94

 

Our Lady & St Andrew, Galashiels 1994-96

 

St Mary, Slamannan & St Francis Xavier, Falkirk 1996-99

  

Bishop of Argyll & the Isles 1999-2008

 

Subscribe to Updates

Subscribe to:
Like   Back to Top   Seen 450 times   Liked 0 times

Subscribe to Updates

If you enjoyed this, why not subscribe to free email updates ?

Subscribe to News updates

Enter your email address to be notified of new posts:

Subscribe to:

Alternatively, you can subscribe via RSS

‹ Return to News

We never share or sell your email address to anyone.

I've already subscribed / don't show me this again

Recent Posts

Bishops' Conference appoints new General Secretary

| 5 days ago | Blogging

10 December 2018     The Bishops of Scotland have appointed Fr Jim Grant to be the new General Secretary of the Bishops' Conference. Fr Grant is currently Parish Priest of Holy Family Parish in Mossend, Bellshill in the Diocese of Motherwell. He succeeds Mgr Hugh Bradley who was appointed in 2012.     Commenting on the appointment, Bishop Joe Toal, Bishop of Motherwell said:     “I am happy that Fr Grant has accepted the Bishops’ request to succeed Mgr Hugh Bradley as General Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland. I am sure he will carry out his duties as General Secretary very well and will bring his long experience as a Parish Priest to assist wisely the Bishops and all who work for the Conference in the time ahead. Of course, we will miss his ministry in Motherwell Diocese but we are happy to contribute generously to the National Church in allowing Fr Grant to serve as General Secretary.  He will still be resident in the Diocese and will continue to have an active role where possible. I pray that the Holy Spirit will guide him as he accepts this new challenge.”     Reacting to his appointment, Fr Grant said:     “It came as quite a shock to me to be asked to undertake this role. I never sought nor expected to be anything but a parish priest. It is the everyday pastoral work in a parish setting which energises me and where I have found great fulfilment and it is with a very heavy heart that I will leave parish ministry albeit for even a short time. I shall miss enormously being part of a parish community. This new role will be something completely different, however, I do see a pastoral element in the role of General Secretary to the Bishops’ Conference which is to support, encourage and affirm all the different agencies and individuals who do such great work for the Bishops’ Conference and indeed for Catholic Church in Scotland. In a sense, these people will become my new ‘parishioners’.”     Fr Grant added;     “I will find it hard to leave the wonderful Parish community of Holy Family, Mossend where I have spent over 23 years as Parish Priest.  I shall treasure my years there and as I move on to new pastures, I would hope to use the pastoral experience gained over the last 35 years in parish life in my new role.”     ENDS     Note to Editors: Fr Grant’s appointment will take effect from 31 January 2019     Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org  www.scmo.org...

IRG Press Release

| 03rd December 2018 | Blogging

Monday 3 December 2018     The Independent Review Group (IRG) established by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland held a meeting today, (3 December 2018), with stakeholders from throughout the Catholic Church to announce and prepare for a professional audit of safeguarding in two Dioceses in Scotland to be conducted by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Children in Scotland (CIS).     The Dioceses randomly chosen from the 8 in Scotland are the Archdiocese of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, and the Diocese of Galloway. The outcome of this detailed work is intended to ensure full implementation of the McLellan Commission’s recommendations and put in place a robust system of safeguarding for children and vulnerable adults that can be measured against the best international standards.     Helen Liddell, Chair of the IRG commented: -     "We cannot eliminate the pain of those who experienced abuse in the past, but we can put in place not just procedures but a culture that both supports them and protects all those who most need our care and compassion in future".     “I chair a group of outstanding and experienced professionals who are committed to making sure children and vulnerable adults come to no harm when in the care of the Church. They have reviewed in considerable detail the self-administered audits of all the Scottish Dioceses and that knowledge, together with the professional audits announced today, will form the basis for putting in place procedures that meet the requirements of the McLellan Commission recommendations and that can stand up to the most rigorous analysis.”     “I am grateful that the Bishops Conference of Scotland have recognised the independence of the Review Group and have agreed to these procedures. The results of the audits will be made public at the same time as they are released to BCOS”.     ENDS     Note to Editors:     For further information, contact Richard Riley rileyofnorthiam@aol.com- 07817 540144   The Social Care Institute for Excellence is an independent charitywhich advises on; Safeguarding, social care, health, housing and support to children and adults.https://www.scie.org.uk   IRG Members Biographical details:   Helen Liddell (Baroness Liddell of Coatdyke) Chair, is a former Member of Parliament and Secretary of State for Scotland. She is a member of the House of Lords.    Bartolomeo Biagini is an educational consultant with extensive experience of leadership of children’s services, inspection and review.  He was formerly a lead HM inspector of education with responsibility for inclusion and was involved in child protection inspections.    Gordon Jeyes OBE was the UK's first Director of Children's Services and retired recently as the first Chief Executive of Ireland's Child and Family Agency (Tusla).     Roisin McGoldrick is a former member of the McLellan Commission. She is a registered social worker and is currently employed as a teaching fellow in the School of Social Work and Social Policy at Strathclyde University.     Lesley Ann Russell is an experienced charity trustee and manager, specialising in organisation change, management of risk and safeguarding.      Donald Urquhart is the National Safeguarding Adviser to the Scottish Episcopal Church.  He is a retired police officer and has worked as both a lead officer and an independent chair of child protection committees in Scotland.     Lisa Markham is a safeguarding professional with extensive experience including work within the Church.     McLellan Commission’s 8 principal recommendations:     Support for the survivors of abuse must be an absolute priority for the Catholic Church in Scotland in the field of safeguarding. The Bishops’ Conference of Scotland should make a public apology to all survivors of abuse within the Church.     The ...

Minister backs ‘enormous contribution’ of Catholic Church to life in Scotland

| 27th November 2018 | Blogging

Tuesday 27 November 2018     This evening (Tuesday 27 November, 6pm) the Catholic Bishops of Scotland will join members of Parliament at a special exhibition in Holyrood to mark the significant contribution of the Church to Scottish society and beyond.     The event highlights the extensive work carried out by agencies and commissions of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and its associated organisations.     Speaking ahead of the event, Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government who will welcome the exhibition said:     “I am delighted to be able to help celebrate the enormous contribution the Catholic Church makes to life in Scotland, and further afield. The Church has a hugely positive impact on the lives of so many people, including supporting many of our most vulnerable and disadvantaged communities, and we greatly value our relationships with the Catholic community. I am looking forward to meeting and working with the new President of the Bishop’s Conference, Bishop Gilbert, as well as representatives from the diverse range of organisations attending.”     Anthony Horan, Director of the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office said:     “When you talk about the Catholic Church you don’t often think of the innumerable instances of selfless charity that go unnoticed each and every day. Feeding the poor, tending to the sick and the lonely, standing up for the vulnerable and the defenceless.      “Day in day out the Church is doing this great work and is making a significant and positive contribution to Scottish society. And it’s all out of love. This event, highlighting some of that work to our parliamentarians is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the continuing influence of Christ in our society.”     ENDS     Peter Kearney  Director  Catholic Media Office  5 St. Vincent Place  Glasgow  G1 2DH  0141 221 1168 07968 122291  pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org     Note to editors:     You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 27 November at 6pm.   The relics of Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, will also be welcomed to the Scottish Parliament for the evening from the National shrine of St Andrew, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.   Students from Holyrood Secondary School, Edinburgh will provide musical entertainment on the night.   All of Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops will be in attendance.   Images will be available from the Scottish Catholic Media Office at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/albums/with/72157666531058155   A full list of exhibitors is available at: https://www.scmo.org/index.php?page=news-releases&perma=1543241700&article=church-highlights-vital-work-at-holyrood-exhibitio ...

Church highlights vital work at Holyrood exhibition

| 26th November 2018 | Blogging

Monday 26 November 2018     CALL NOTICE     Tomorrow evening (Tuesday 27 November) the Catholic Bishops of Scotland will join members of Parliament at a special exhibition in Holyrood to mark the significant contribution of the Church to Scottish society and beyond.     The event, sponsored by Elaine Smith MSP, highlights the extensive work carried out by agencies and commissions of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland and its associated organisations.     Bishop Hugh Gilbert, President of the Bishops Conference of Scotland said:     “The bishops of Scotland are very grateful to Elaine Smith, MSP, for sponsoring this event and to Aileen Campbell, Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Local Government, for her support. The Church in Scotland welcomes this opportunity to showcase at least something of what we do. The Church is a world-wide, complex and many-faceted institution but in the end, it is people; names, faces, bodies and souls. It is people helping people, not just from cradle to grave, but from before birth to after death, and everything in between. What we could never do as individuals we can do together from prayer to food banks, from the kind word to the very hands-on practical, from here to places in the world hit by disaster or oppression. It’s often parallel or complementary to the social provision of Government and the many agencies of civil society and the good works of our fellow-Christians of other denominations.”     Bishop Gilbert added;     “The word ‘Catholic’ means universal. And I think all of what will be on display at the special exhibition in Holyrood reflects our desire to reach out and create unity. At our best, all we want to be is at the service of each and every human being, created in the image and likeness of God, endowed with an innate dignity and inalienable rights, which neither we nor the law nor government create, but which we can strive to recognise and serve.”     Elaine Smith, MSP, said;     “Having hosted the first ever mass at the Scottish Parliament this year during Holy Week, I am now delighted to sponsor this prestigious event, showcasing the vital charitable and valuable community work undertaken by the Catholic Church.”     Agencies in attendance include Blairs Museum which houses a collection of church textiles, sacred silver and paintings belonging to the Church and Missio Scotland which provides financial support to communities in mission countries.     Other lay catholic organisations such as The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), which seeks to combat poverty and promote social justice, will also be present. In 2015/16, its 2,000 members carried out 53,493 home visits, 12,261 hospital visits and financially assisted 6,196 families across Scotland’s eight Catholic dioceses.     ENDS     Peter Kearney Director Catholic Media Office 5 St. Vincent Place Glasgow G1 2DH 0141 221 1168 07968 122291 pk@scmo.org www.scmo.org     Note to editors:     You are invited to send a reporter/photographer/camera crew to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 27 November at 6pm.   The relics of Saint Andrew, patron saint of Scotland, will also be welcomed to the Scottish Parliament for the evening from the National shrine of St Andrew, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.   Students from Holy Rood Secondary School, Edinburgh will provide musical entertainment on the night.   All of Scotland’s eight Catholic Bishops will be in attendance.   Images will be available from the Scottish Catholic Media Office at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/139632090@N07/albums/with/72157666531058155     A full list of exhibitors is shown below:   The Anscombe Bioethics Centre - The Anscombe Bioethics Centre (www.bioethics.org.uk) is a Catholic academic institute that engages with the moral questions arising in health care and medical research.    Blairs Museum - House...