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Archbishop Murphy delivers a homily from the pulpit at St. James Cathedral in Seattle, WA.

World Day of Prayer for the Sick

Archbishop Murphy made his public return to ministry on February 10, 1997. He presided at the celebration of Mass at St. James Cathedral to commemorate World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

The archbishop began his homily by stating, “It is good to gather with you here this evening in St. James Cathedral as we celebrate World Day of Prayer for the Sick. … In the past, I would lead such celebrations as one who would share these gifts with others. Tonight, however, I come as one who also shares the human condition of fragility and illness. I join all of you who suffer from cancer or leukemia, HIV or aging, broken bones or broken spirits, emotional or physical disabilities. Together, we come to listen to God’s Word and receive God’s gifts.”

Click here to read the full text of Archbishop Murphy’s homily delivered at the Mass offered for World Day of Prayer for the Sick.

Click here to view a video of Archbishop Murphy offering a final reflection at the conclusion of his homily.

Click here to read the full text of his prepared address to the media he delivered at a press conference announcing his return to public ministry.

Click here to view a video of Archbishop Murphy answering the following question from a reporter: What role did prayer play in your recovery?

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