The Rev. Murray retiring after Sunday service

The Rev. Austin Murray will be retiring from Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church after Sunday’s service.

The community is invited to his last service and a farewell reception in the church gardens that will follow the 9 a.m. Eucharist.

Murray was born on March 21, 1950, in Ireland and graduated from seminary at St. Patrick’s College in 1974, devoting his life to serving God as a priest in the Catholic and Episcopal churches.

He came to Maui with his wife, Maureen, in 2008 to serve as priest-in-charge at Trinity-by-the-Sea.

He continued to reside on Maui after his wife’s death in 2012, serving his congregation and community through his church services and educational programs, his establishment of ecumenical ties with other island denominations, and his involvement with hospice ministry.

Since 2009, Murray has served as a board member of Seabury Hall and, in 2014, he became the dean of Waiolaihui’ia, a college administered by the Episcopal Church of Hawaii to train individuals for ordained ministry.

From the time of his arrival on Maui, he has been involved in community outreach. He has provided a home for the Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups to hold their weekly meetings at Trinity and he also volunteered for Hale Kau Kau, a local program that feeds the needy, by not only serving on its board but also by delivering meals to the homebound.

In October 2012, Murray was asked to bless and launch the initial run of the homeless outreach van belonging to “A Cup of Cold Water” – a joint ministry of the four Maui Episcopal churches and under the guidance of the Episcopal Church of Hawaii. He has served on its board in his promotion of care for the poor, the destitute, the lost and the homeless of Maui.

Upon his retirement, Murray will be relocating to New Jersey.

The church is at 100 Kulanihakoi St. in Kihei.

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