The Mission and Vision of the Murray Institute

In August of 1992, Tom McCarver announced the membership of the first Murray Institute Faculty Committee: Dr Miriam Williams, Sr. Carol Rennie, Dr. Gene Scapanski, Sr. Mary Katherine Hamilton, Dr. Margaret Reif, Sr. Nathalie Meyer, Jeanne Klein, and Tom McCarver, Director (Memo, Aug 13, 1992, UST Archives).

Statements from committee members' original vision documents speak to the heart of the Murray Institute:

I believe the Murray Institute exists for two reasons: to provide service in the form of academic programs (degree and continuing education) for ministers in local church settings (the diocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis) and to provide service in the form of academic programs (degree and continuing education) through the consortium of Catholic colleges and universities to geographic regions in this country where the Catholic church needs our help. (Tom McCarver, March 11, 1993, UST Archives)

I believe the Institute is as much an idea/concept/dream as it is a coordinating framework for addressing Diocesan educational needs. It is an idea emerging from the Gospels that calls us to share our portion of the gifts trusting that in that action are the seeds of possibilities unavailable to us as individuals. The Institute represents an enlarged understanding of community in which collaboration, networking and dialogue allow for the 'crossing of boundaries' that have hardened over the years in our ministerial service…the Murray Institute represents a genuine sign of transformative possibility. (Sr. Mary Katherine Hamilton, March 11, 1993, UST Archives)

I believe the task of the Murray Institute is to keep the idea of ministry and education interdependent as we study education, theology, Christology, ecclesiology and anthropology. The balance is critical especially as we prepare leaders for the 21st Century. (Sr. Carol Rennie, March 11, 1993, UST Archives)