Archbishop Murphy was a fervent supporter of Catholic education. He believed that Catholic schools were an essential link in the chain to pass on the faith traditions of the church to the next generation. The archbishop expressed the following thoughts in his February 4, 1993 Catholic Northwest Progress column, “The answer to the question of whether Catholic schools are worth the effort has to be a resounding YES. More than ever before, Catholic schools are needed if we are to fulfill the mission and ministry of Jesus in the most effective way possible. Jesus commanded his disciples to teach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
“If we want to pass on the message of the Gospel and our faith tradition to our children, the Catholic schools become a priceless gift. If this gift is to be a reality, however, Catholic schools must be faithful to their mission of faithfully sharing the teachings of the Gospel and our tradition not only in what is taught, but in the lived example and inspiration of teachers, staff and administrators.”