Archbishop Murphy celebrated his 60th birthday on October 3, 1992. He took the opportunity to share some poignant thoughts on life and the church in his weekly column in the November 5, 1992 edition of the Catholic Northwest Progress.
“More than anything else, turning sixty made me aware of how grateful I am to people who have been and continue to be part of my life. To my parents and family, I can never express adequate gratitude. To friends, I owe so much for their ongoing support and encouragement. I especially give thanks to God for the ministry I share as priest and bishop. I never dreamed that a response to a vocation to be a parish priest would take me on such a unique journey from Chicago to Montana to Western Washington. It has been and continues to be a life-giving and energizing experience.”