by MICHAEL OTTO
HAMILTON — The director of the National Liturgy Office, Fr Trevor Murray, has stepped aside from this role to return to parish ministry.
Fr Murray became parish priest at Waihi on July 28 and was to continue as director of liturgy for Hamilton diocese.
The national director’s role, to which Fr Murray was the first appointee in 2009, was established after the previous National Liturgy Commission was dissolved as part of bishops’ conference restructuring.

Fr Trevor Murray.

Advertising for a new national liturgy office director said the role involves a minimum of 20 hours work a week, with actual hours to be negotiated with the successful applicant.
A bishops’ conference spokesperson told NZ Catholic that Fr Murray informed the bishops last year that this would be his final year as director.
“By the beginning of August, he will have completed all the liturgical tasks associated with the [new] missal . . . ,” the spokesperson said.
Among his many tasks, Fr Murray worked with the translation team for the Maori text of the new missal for New Zealand and travelled to Rome with Pa Henare Tate to assist Vatican authorities with their assessments. Last year, New Zealand’s bishops thanked the team for their “great work”.
Other recent Hamilton diocese clergy appointments made by Bishop Denis Browne effective from June 16 were: Fr Darren McFarlane, parish priest, Mt Maunganui; Fr Aidan Mulholland, parish priest, Te Aroha/Paeroa; Msgr Frank Eggleton, parish priest, Tauranga (from July 21); Fr Dan Johns, acting parish priest, Cathedral (June 28–October 10), Fr Joe Stack, sabbatical leave for 12 months, Fr Gerard Paterson, in residence in Whakatane presbytery as assistant to Fr Robert Sharplin; Fr Michael Gielen, studying in Rome.

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