April 12, 1983 marked the 25th anniversary of Bishop Murphy’s ordination. Masses and celebrations of his silver jubilee were held St. Ann Cathedral in Great Falls, MT at St. Patrick Co-Cathedral in Billings, MT.
Bishop Murphy shared the following reflection in a column in the April 17, 1983 edition of the Montana Catholic Register, “Priesthood has been and is an exciting experience for me of faith and life. It has been and continues to be a privilege to be a priest, to preach the Word of God, to celebrate the Eucharist and the other sacraments, and to gather together and lead the Christian community. I recognize full well my own humanity and limitations prevent me from being the priest I should or could be. Yet, I keep on trying to respond to God’s grace.”