Rev. Michael Murray, OSFS

Rev. Michael Murray, OSFS

First Profession:
August 12, 1978

Final Profession:
May 5, 1984

Ordination:
May 31, 1986

Ministries:
Faculty, Salesianum School; Principal, Northeast Catholic High School; Director, De Sales Spirituality Center

Present Ministry:
Salesianum School, Chaplain for Faculty, Staff, and Alumni; Executive Director, De Sales Spirituality Services

Personality by Pixels

What living person most reflects the joy of the Gospel for you?
It would have to be Pope Francis.

Pope Francis is a Jesuit who chose the name of St. Francis of Assisi.  Some have said he pastorally resembles St. Francis de Sales.  What is Salesian abut Pope Francis?
He seems so approachable and unflappable.

What is your favorite dimension of being an Oblate of St. Francis de Sales?
Our practical, down-to-earth approach to living the Gospel.

How do you think Salesian gentleness can make a difference in the world? It provides a framework for reaching other people with respect and reverence.

What is the most recent book you read?  Would you recommend it?
Don’t Know Much About The Civil War.  A great presentation about the so-called “War Between the States.”

Name an Oblate who taught you an important lesson that has remained with you.  What did he teach you?
William J. Gallagher, OSFS, my novice master. He once said:  “If you can’t pray deeply, be a deep man who prays.”

What advice could you give to a young person interested in religious life?
Get to know members of a variety of religious communities.

How do you think religious life serves the church and world in a way that is unique from our brothers and sisters who are single, married, or diocesan priests?
A concrete expression of how we need to be in relationships with others – to be part of something bigger than ourselves – in order to be our best selves.