Fr. John Michael Murphy, Archdiocesan Priest, Dies
Ordained April 29,1965
(Chicago, IL, January 2, 2007)—Fr. John Michael Murphy, 68, associate pastor of St. Cornelius Parish in Chicago, died December 29 due to complications following open-heart surgery performed in June 2006.
A Chicago native, Fr. Murphy was baptized at Visitation Parish and graduated from St. Cajetan elementary school on Chicago’s southeast side in 1952. After graduating from Quigley Preparatory Seminary High School, he attended the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary / Mundelein Seminary where he earned degrees in philosophy and theology and graduated in1965.
On May 2, 1965, Fr. Murphy celebrated his first Mass at St. Cajetan’s, and became the assistant pastor at St. Edward Parish on Chicago’s near northwest side. He remained there until June 1973, when he left to fulfill a two-year assignment at St. Philip the Apostle Parish in Northfield. In June 1975, he became Associate Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish on Chicago’s southwest side where he remained for seven years.
In 1982, Fr. Murphy became associate pastor of St. Alexander Parish in Palos Heights, where he also served as Chaplain of the parish’s Knights of Columbus chapter, and in 1987 was named associate pastor of South Holland’s St. Jude the Apostle Parish. On August 1, 1992, Fr. Murphy returned to St. Edward as pastor, a position he held until 2004. After a brief sabbatical, Fr. Murphy moved to Chicago’s St. Hilary Parish and became associate pastor of St. Cornelius Parish on the city’s northwest side in 2005.
Visitation for Fr. Murphy will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 4 at Our Lady of the Woods Church, 10731 W. 131st St., Orland Park. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Murphy, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, at Our Lady of the Woods Church.
Interment will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip. Fr. Murphy was the fifth of six children born to the late Morgan and Anne-Burns Murphy, and is survived by two brothers and two sisters.
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