My name is Richard Murray and I have been Vicar at St George’s since May, 2017.
I was born in Kew and grew up in East Kew, attending East Kew Central School and University High School. After studying Arts at Melbourne University and Education at LaTrobe, I worked as a teacher, school administrator, and regional education administrator for nearly 40 years. During that time I completed a Masters degree in Education, researching curriculum development in Victorian public schools. Having explored the idea of ordained ministry over a number of years, I studied Divinity and Ministry at Melbourne College of Divinity through Trinity College Theological School, completing a Master of Divinity and an Advanced Diploma in Ministry. I was ordained in 2005 and have served in school chaplaincy, university chaplaincy and parish ministry since. I retired as Senior Chaplain at RMIT University at the end of 2017 and now, while I am still involved the Human Rearch Ethics Committee at RMIT, my ministry involvement is as vicar at St George’s. I am also a member of the Council of Anglicare Victoria and a board member of Hotham Mission.
I am a ‘sort of local’, having lived in Moonee Ponds for 45 years. My wife, Gayleen, and I love this area of Melbourne and our two daughters really enjoyed growing up here. Elizabeth is now a priest, the Vicar at Holy Trinity, Williamstown. Christine is studying silver and gold smithing at RMIT.
As a pastoral minister, I believe that my work draws on my experience in schools, university, and a variety of parishes and I am keen to lend a listening ear to anyone who needs or wants it. As an intentional interim priest in five parishes before commencing my very different ministry as vicar here at St George’s, I encouraged parishes and individuals to explore prayerfully their lives and aspirations and I believe that this is an important part of the life of any parish community. I am enjoying my time at St George’s and look forward to many exciting and rewarding experiences with the folk here as we walk God’s road together.
I enjoy robust relationships across the faith communities of Melbourne and also have strong ties with several interdenominational networks within the Christian community.
Outside working hours I am an avid reader and listener to music and, to relax and refresh my mind, I enjoy playing music as a member of the Western Region Concert Band, watching rugby and cricket (both of which I played in my younger years). I also enjoy cooking, and making things with wood. I am the guardian of a reasonably extensive wine collection which I like to combine with cooking and eating good food (not with my wood-working). At home, I enjoy the company of my beagle, Harley, and Gayleen’s cat Whiskey.
Recent sermons preached by Father Richard can be found as YouTube presentations at St George’s ONLINE on this website.