Vicar

Hello !

My name is Richard Murray.  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 am currently Senior Chaplain at RMIT University as well as being interim vicar at St George’s parish.

I am a ‘sort of local’, having lived in Moonee Ponds for 44 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, currently serving as curate at St John’s, Toorak, and Christine is studying silver and gold smithing at RMIT.

As a pastoral minister, I believe that my work in chaplaincy and my parish work draw on many similar skills and I am keen to lend a listening ear to anyone who needs or wants it.  As an international interim priest in five perished before commencing my very different ministry as interim vicar 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 folk of Flemington 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 used to play in my younger years), 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.  At home, I enjoy the company of my beagle and Gayleen’s cat.