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Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy, Rest in Peace

posted May 26, 2020, 5:51 AM by Denise Olsen

It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you that our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy, affectionatelyknown as Monsignor, has returned to the Lord. Msgr. Murphy passed away this morning  on Saturday, May 16, 2020, two days after hacving celebrated his 66th anniversary of Priestly Ordination. Monsignor bravely battled and defeated Covid-19, but had a long recovery.

Msgr. Murphy was the strong spiritual leader and visionary who Pastored our Church from 1985 to 2008. ‘Monsignor arrived at Saint Clare after 17 years of service as the Archdiocesan Chancellor for Cardinals Cooke and O'Connor, and proved to be a quick study at parish management.’ It was Msgr. Murphy who foresaw the importance of engaging lay ministers in the Church, especially women ministers. Monsignor was the first to enable women to become active ministers in the Church. He had a particular gift at identifying the talents of others and encouraging them to use their talents to serve the Church. The engaged and active lay ministries that make our parish thrive today is a direct result of his leadership.

Looking at the fruits of his labor, we can all agree that this world was made a better place because God had blessed it with the gift that was Monsignor Murphy for the last 91 years. Now he belongs to his Maker. In the loving arms of his friend and successor, Fr. Richard, may Monsignor journey to be at peace with God forever. We know you will join us in sending our deepest condolences to the Murphy family, especially his brother, Thomas Murphy at this very difficult time.

We know you may be wondering about a Memorial Mass. In light of recent events, a Memorial Mass to celebrate Msgr. Murphy's life will take place at the Church of St. Clare, which will be announced at a later date.

Eternal rest grant unto them o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen