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Southwest Side pastor, Rev. William Murphy Dies
Was Teacher and Chaplain

Chicago, IL (May 22, 2009) – Fr. William P. Murphy, pastor emeritus of Queen of Martyrs Parish on Chicago’s Southwest side, died today at Little Company of Mary Hospital. He was 93 years old and in residence at Queen of Martyrs at the time of his death.

A Chicago native of Irish decent, Fr. Murphy graduated from Visitation Catholic School and St. Rita High School in Chicago. He graduated from the University of St. Mary of the Lake / Mundelein Seminary in 1943 and was ordained that year by then Archbishop Samuel Stritch.

Fr. Murphy began his parish ministry as the assistant pastor of St. Gertrude Parish on Chicago’s North side, serving there from 1943 to 1953. During that time, from 1946 to 1953, Fr. Murphy was also a professor of Religion at Mundelein College.

In 1953, he began a 10-year period as assistant pastor of St. Leo Parish, which is now closed. He also served as the chaplain for Leo High School during that time, from 1958 to 1964.

For 10 years beginning in 1963, Fr. Murphy served two Northwest side parishes as assistant pastor, St. Monica and St. Robert Bellarmine, each for five years. Fr. Murphy was named pastor of Queen of Martyrs Parish on the Southwest side in 1973 and remained there until his retirement in 1986.

Visitation for Fr. Murphy will take from 1 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Queen of Martyrs Church, 10233 South Central Park Avenue in Evergreen Park. Fr. Edward Mikolajczyk, pastor of Queen of Martyrs, will be the main celebrant at a funeral Mass for Fr. Murphy at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, at Queen of Martyrs. Very Rev. James Presta, rector/president of St. Joseph Seminary at Loyola University, will deliver the homily. Interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery in Evergreen Park.

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