Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy



Welcome to the interactive timeline of the life and ministry of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy. The interactive timeline provides an up close and personal view of the archbishop from the moment his parents emigrated to America from Ireland in the early 1900s to the time of his death in 1997.

From an early age growing up on the West Side of Chicago, Thomas Murphy was destined to become a priest. It was a vocation he truly loved with every fiber of his being. This vocation began in Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan, continued to the great plains of Eastern Montana and concluded in Seattle on the banks of beautiful Puget Sound.

The words, images and video clips in this timeline focus on the core elements of the archbishop’s life and ministry:

  • A core conviction to serve and minister to the less fortunate
  • An unwavering belief that all are welcome in the church
  • A strong belief in the value of Catholic schools to the church and the local community at large
  • A deep love, admiration and appreciation for all the priests and religious men and women who so nobly serve the church each and every day
  • A commitment to providing meaningful ways for lay and religious women to make material contributions to the church
  • The protection of the gift of life from the moment of conception to natural death
  • A unique ability to interact in a meaningful way with children, teenagers and young adults

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