PORTLAND — Bishop Robert P. Deeley has announced effective June 1, the Rev. Paul G. Murray is administrator of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish.

The parish includes Our Lady of the Lakes Church in Oquossoc, St. Luke Church in Rangeley, St. John Church in Stratton and Bell Chapel at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain.

Murray currently serves as residential care chaplain in the parishes of Immaculate Heart of Mary in Auburn and Prince of Peace in Lewiston. As the full-time residential care chaplain, Murray serves the senior residential care institutions located in Lewiston and Auburn and provides coverage for emergencies at area hospitals as backup to the regular chaplains. He assists the Rev. Robert D. Lariviere, pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, by celebrating select Masses at parish churches.

Born in Cambridge, Mass., Murray attended Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood, Mass. He graduated with an associate degree in business administration from Massachusetts Bay Community College. In 2004, he entered Holy Apostles College and Seminary in Cromwell, Conn., before completing his clerical studies at Saint John XXIII Seminary in Weston, Mass.

He was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richard J. Malone on May 30, 2009, at Holy Family Church in Lewiston. His first assignment was serving at Corpus Christi Parish in Waterville and Christ the King Parish in Skowhegan. In October 2011, he was named parochial vicar at St. Agnes Parish in Pittsfield and Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Dover-Foxcroft. In August of 2014, he was appointed to his current position as residential care chaplain in Auburn and Lewiston.

Before entering the seminary, Murray was a member of the Madonna House Apostolate in Ontario, Canada, for 19 years. The Catholic community of lay men, women and priests serve in a mission capacity in more than 10 countries worldwide. As a member of the community, Murray served in hospitality/maintenance at the community center in Ontario, a hostel in the Yukon, a retreat center in England and a soup kitchen in Saskatchewan, Canada.


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