CNA Staff, Jun 5, 2020 / 08:21 am
Just days after submitting his resignation as bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, due to a recurrence of leukemia, Bishop George Murry, S.J., has died, the diocese announced Friday.
Murry died on the morning of June 5 at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, New York. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.
On May 26, the diocese announced the Murry had submitted his resignation to Pope Francis. At age 71, he was four years younger than standard retirement age for bishops.
Bishop Murry was initially diagnosed with leukemia in April 2018. He underwent a month of intensive chemotherapy treatment at the Cleveland Clinic, and was released in late May of that year. His doctors said he responded well to the treatment, and the leukemia cells had been suppressed, although he would need to return to the clinic weekly for monitoring.
In July 2019, he returned to the Cleveland Clinic for a reoccurrence of the leukemia.
He was confirmed to be in remission, but the leukemia returned this past April.
The diocese had said in its May 26 announcement that the bishop was no longer able to carry out his role as head of the diocese.
Following his initial leukemia diagnosis, Murry had stepped down from his role as chair of the U.S. bishops’ new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism, as well as his role as chair of the conference’s Committee on Catholic Education.