Archbishop Murphy traveled to the Vatican to receive the pallium from Pope John Paul II. The pallium is a reminder of the ministry of the Good Shepherd who carries the sheep over his shoulder. Symbolically, it is made of white wool. All archbishops wear a pallium along with their other traditional vestments. Pope John Paul II conferred the pallium on Archbishop Murphy in St. Peter’s Basilica on June 29, 1992.
The archbishop shared the following reflection on the journey to the Vatican in his column in the July 16, 1992 edition of the Catholic Northwest Progress, “I have to admit that I wondered how in God’s providence I found myself to be in this position. I admit as well that I wished my parents were present, and yet, somehow I knew they were. I appreciated the presence of my sister and brother and their spouses, one of my nephews and some friends, but I felt a bit awkward when so much attention was given to me when they and countless others deserve the same attention and more.”