Father Murphy taught theology at Loyola University of Chicago for six years from 1967 to 1973.
The experience of teaching college students left an indelible mark on him. Many years later, in September of 1996, Archbishop Murphy shared the following thought in a homily at a Mass for teachers and administrators, “The ministry of teaching is a unique privilege. It is an invitation to enter the minds and hearts of young people. But what do we bring with us when we accept this invitation? I pray and hope that we dare to bring the gift of our own faith, our own example, our own hopes and dreams. To do otherwise is to betray the trust that has been given to us.”
Archbishop Murphy concluded his homily with the following statement, “My friends, you are women and men that can help create a future filled with hope if you dare to share the gifts that God has given you. May you share these gifts of hope and love, faith and life with the young. When you do, the future is not a distant reality. The future is now and you have made it possible.