Archbishop Murphy fulfilled many different roles thoughout his life. Some of the ones he cherished most were that of being a brother, uncle and great uncle. No matter where his service to the church took him, he always made it a priority to be present to the current and future generations of the Frey (the married name of his sister Eileen) and Murphy (brother Bart) families.
One of the most meaningful ways he was present was in his role as the family priest. The archbishop would always take the time to travel to Chicago to preside at baptisms, First Communions, confirmations, weddings and funerals. He made each of these events so very meaningful and personal. Baptisms were particularly special to him. The archbishop took great pride in welcoming new members of the Frey and Murphy families to the Catholic Church. In addition to presiding at each baptism, Archbishop Murphy started a tradition of writing a letter to the child being baptized.
Archbishop Murphy left an indelible mark on all of the members of his family. It was a unique experience for all of them to have a brother, uncle or great uncle who was a priest. They all cherish his memory and carry forward his love of the church with great pride.
Click here to view a video of the Very Reverend George L. Thomas, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Seattle, thanking the families of Eileen Frey (the archbishop’s sister) and Bart Murphy (the archbishop’s brother) for the gift of Archbishop Murphy.