John Courtney Murray was born in New York City on 12 September 1904 to a Scottish-American lawyer, Michael John Murray, and his Irish-American wife, Margaret Courtney Murray. At the age of sixteen he joined the Society of Jesus, receiving an excellent and extensive education. Murray earned his BA from Weston College in 1926 and his MA from Boston College in 1927. After spending several years in the Philippines teaching English and Latin, he pursued advanced theological training at Woodstock College in Maryland. In 1933, three years into his program of study, Murray was ordained a Catholic priest. A year later he completed his STL degree. The last stage of his formal education took place at the Gregorian University in Rome, where he earned an STD degree in 1937.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.