Murray Groom is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada, serving Sylvan Pastoral Charge on Vancouver Island. He is a graduate, former staff member and one time interim Director of the Pacific Jubilee Program in Spiritual Direction. He is a practiced spiritual director and regularly co-conducts extended silent retreats at Naramata Centre in the Okanagan Valley. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (University of Manitoba), a Certificate in Education, a Master of Divinity (St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and has studied extensively in the humanities. His doctoral studies (St. Stephen’s College, Edmonton, Alberta) included a dissertation titled “The Role of the Guide on Pilgrimage”. He has an abiding interest in Celtic Christian history and continues to explore the practice of chant in a variety of religious traditions. He lives in a clan context which includes his wife, three children, a brother, three sisters, one grandparent, numerous nieces and nephews and sundry cousins, partners and hangers-on.
“When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
then pray that the road is long,
full of adventure, full of knowledge.”
Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia