The Rev. Kathleen Murray, Class of 2013, has been called as priest-in-charge at St. Mark's Episcopal Church and Executive Director of Saint Mark's Center for Community Renewal in Keansburg, New Jersey. This brings Murray home to the parish where she was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests. Keansburg was one of the communities hard hit by Superstorm Sandy with more than a thousand homes uninhabitable. The community center now offers hot meals, pantry service, weekly nursing service, and a free family crisis counseling service.
Before entering seminary, Murray worked for the City Council of Philadelphia for more than twenty years and has extensive experience in economic and housing development, finance and budgeting. She earned a master of public administration degree in advanced finance and management from Columbia University in the City of New York.
Murray desires "to make the love of God our Creator, our Redeemer and our Sanctifier a part of our daily lives. Our creeds, our prayers, our liturgy and music, are filled with the Trinity. The Trinity is relevant because we live, breathe, speak and sing it regularly. It is a critical part of faith and our actions in the world. The Trinity is probably the most relevant and exquisite thing that our faith has to offer people in terms of human connectedness, a model for God’s love of us, and the love that we are called to show toward one another."