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The Thomas Bell, named in honor of Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy, hangs in the east tower of St. James Cathedral in Seattle, WA.

Renovation of St. James Cathedral

St. James Cathedral is the principal church of the Archdiocese of Seattle. It contains the seat or chair of the archbishop. The cathedral underwent a major renovation in 1994.

Archbishop Murphy celebrated the official rededication Mass on December 22, 1994 and shared the following reflections in his homily, “Look to this Cathedral Church. Look at its beauty, its grandeur, its simplicity. Step within its doors and discover a peace that only God can give. Gather with the rich and poor, the hungry and the homeless, the people of many races and cultures who profess and celebrate their faith here. Come within this space to hear the magnificent sounds of music and song and listen to the quiet of God’s presence as people kneel in prayer.”

St. James Cathedral played a significant role in the life and ministry of Archbishop Murphy. One of the bells in the south tower of the cathedral is named after him. Archbishop Murphy’s mortal remains are interred in the Episcopal Crypt beneath the main altar. After his death, a new organ in the east apse and a courtyard between the cathedral and the rectory were named in his honor.

Click here to read the full text of Archbishop Murphy’s homily delivered at the rededication Mass. 

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