WASHINGTON (May 4, 1998) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed Chicago Auxiliary Bishop George V. Murry, SJ, to be Coadjutor Bishop of Saint Thomas in the Virgin Islands. Most Reverend Elliott G. Thomas, 71, is Bishop of Saint Thomas.
The Pope named Father Joseph N. Perry, pastor of All Saints parish in Milwaukee, to be Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago. Bishop-designate Perry, 50, was assigned the Titular See of Lead.
Archbishop Agostino Cacciavillan, Apostolic Pro-Nuncio to the United States, made the announcements.
George V. Murry was born December 28, 1948 in Camden, New Jersey. He attended Camden Catholic High School, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, St. Joseph's College, Philadelphia, St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, Connecticut, and St. Mary's Seminary, Baltimore, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy in 1972. In that same year he entered the Society of Jesus.
He earned a Master in Divinity degree at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley in 1979 and a doctorate in American Cultural Studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. in 1994.
Bishop Murry served on the faculty and was dean of student activities at Gonzaga College High School, Washington, D.C., from 1974 to 1976.
He was ordained for the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus on June 9, 1979.
Bishop Murry was assistant professor of American Studies, Georgetown University, 1986-1990, and President, Archbishop Carroll High School, Washington, D.C., from 1989 to 1994. He was named Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1994.
He was special assistant to the director of the Office of Migration and Refugee Services, United States Catholic Conference, from 1975 to 1977. He served on the editorial board of the catechetical publication The Living Light from 1989 to 1994.
Joseph N. Perry was born April 18, 1948, in East Chicago, Indiana.
He attended the Capuchin Seminary of San Lorenzo at Mount Calvary in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1963 to 1967, St. Mary Capuchin Seminary, Crown Point, Indiana, 1967-1971, St. Francis Seminary, Archdiocese of Milwaukee, 1971-75, and the Catholic University of America where he earned a degree in Canon Law in 1981.
Bishop-designate Perry was ordained for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 24, 1975.
He was associate pastor of St. Nicholas, Milwaukee from 1975 to 1977. Between 1977 and 1995 he served in the Metropolitan Tribunal of Milwaukee in the posts of advocate, judge, and later judicial vicar.
Bishop-designate Perry was named Pastor of All Saints parish in Milwaukee in 1995. He is Professor of Canon Law at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin.