Fr. John Murphy SP
As he has done for the last few years, Fr. John Murphy is currently with us at St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes, looking after the parish while Canon Isaac is away on holiday. We warmly welcome him once again to our parish.
However, this year, and indeed today, is a special milestone for Fr. Murphy. Today, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.
Fr. Murphy was born and raised in Carmarthen and it was there that he was ordained a priest for the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete by the late Bishop Langton Fox, Bishop of Menevia, on 31st July 1976. The ministry of the Servants of the Paraclete is to render any possible service to priests, hence their motto ‘For Christ in His Priests’. Priests with difficulties, which prevent them from being in pastoral ministry, come to the houses of the Servants of the Paraclete for a period of time until they are well again.
Fr. Murphy studied at the Jesuit Pontifical Athenaeum when it was in Heythrop, Oxfordshire and also at St. Thomas Aquinas University (Angelicum) in Rome. After ordination he was sent to the United States to study for a Doctorate in psychology. He then returned to England and was at the Congregation's community house in Stroud for eight years. After that term, he was transferred to houses of the Congregation in the United States. He has lived in Minnesota, St. Louis in Missouri, Albuquerque and Jemez Springs in New Mexico, where the Congregation’s Mother House is located. Fr. Murphy currently resides in California. During his ministry, he has been on loan for three years teaching psychology and human development at St. John’s Seminary in Wonersh, Surrey.
He is now able to visit Wales and help priests by supplying for them while they take much earned holidays each summer. This year his Ruby Anniversary occurs on Sunday 31st July, while he is with us at St. Teilo’s with Our Lady of Lourdes. We pray for him and all those who have helped him to become and remain a priest and for those priests he has served for forty years.
On Wednesday 28th September at 12.30pm, there will be a formal celebration of Fr. Murphy’s anniversary at St. David’s Priory Church, Swansea. Fr. Murphy will celebrate Mass with the Servant General of his Congregation, other priests, family and friends, in the presence of Bishop Thomas Burns SM, Bishop of Menevia. Everyone who is able to attend is warmly invited to join with Fr. Murphy and parishioners from other parishes in South Wales for this formal celebration to mark the anniversary.
We offer our congratulations to Fr. Murphy and wish him many more years of service to Christ and His Church. We also offer our thanks to him for looking after our parish while Canon Isaac takes his holiday.