Bishop Murphy truly embraced his role as shepherd. Being present to all the members of his flock was a top priority. He regularly traveled to the four corners of this massive diocese of more than 94,000 square miles in order to make this goal a reality.
The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings consisted of 74 parishes and five Native American reservations. Bishop Murphy visited each of these locations within the first two years of his tenure. The bishop would drive, almost always by himself, many long hours in order to celebrate the Eucharist, baptize infants, preside at first communions and confirmations and fulfill a wide variety of other church ministries in small towns throughout the diocese.