Archbishop Murphy was elected to a two-year term as the Treasurer of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He was an active member of the bishops conference group throughout his nearly 20 years as a bishop.
The archbishop offered the following thought about the annual meeting of the bishops in the United States, “Over the years that I have served as a bishop, this November meeting has been a unique experience. It is a time especially to gather with others who share the same ministry and to renew friendships through informal contacts, conversation and prayer. It is definitely a time to become aware of the rich diversity which characterizes the church in our country. It is always a learning experience for me as I listen to other bishops who address the same issues of importance in our local church.”