John Cardinal Cody, Archbishop of Chicago, appoints Father Thomas J. Murphy as the fifth rector of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in September of 1973. Now known as University of St. Mary of the Lake, it continues to be recognized as one of the preeminent Catholic seminaries in the United States. The university is located in Mundelein, IL which is approximately 40 miles north of downtown Chicago. Priestly candidates from across the United States and points around the world attend the University of St. Mary of the Lake.
The Very Reverend Thomas J. Murphy would serve as rector until the time of his appointment as Bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls, MT in July of 1978.