YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The funeral service for Youngstown Bishop George Murry, who passed away following a battle with cancer, was held Friday afternoon.
It focused on his passion, education and vision, as well as the life he lived and his service to his church.
The theme of Bishop Murry’s life was immediately recognized inside St. Columba Cathedral in Youngstown.
“He lived his episcopal motto, ‘Christ my light,’ and he wanted nothing more than for this to become the motto and desire of all the people he served,” said diocesan administrator Monsignor Robert Siffrin.
Murry’s service was remembered by the Catholic church, but also by the community. He touched hearts, he touched lives and he will always be remembered for it.
“Bishop Murry was marked by the importance of faith, family, friends. They became a solid core of strength that began a life-giving foundation upon which to build,” Siffrin said.
One of Bishop Murry’s last messages was to the church and centered on treating everyone with no prejudice.
He wanted all to know God as closely as he did.
“May we be transformed by the light of Christ, with the hope and joy in the risen Christ. May we continue the journey to Jerusalem to be together with the church and proclaim the gospel which Bishop Murry so greatly loved,” Siffrin said.
Despite fighting cancer, Murry wanted to keep interacting with people. He still found ways of making the light of Christ visible in his life and ours.