Diocese of Rockville Centre

The Reverend Thomas F. Murphy, who served as a priest in the Diocese of Rockville Centre for 35 years, died after a long illness on January 27, 2006 at Winthrop University Hospital in Mineola. He was 63 years old.

The only child of the late Norman F. and Valeda Levesque Murphy, Thomas Francis Murphy grew up in Hewlett. He attended St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School in Far Rockaway and Bishop Loughlin High School in Brooklyn. He studied for the priesthood at Cathedral College in Brooklyn and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington.

He was ordained a priest by Bishop Walter P. Kellenberg on May 30, 1970.

Father Murphy worked at Camp Immaculate in Mattituck during his first summer as a priest, before heading to his first assignment as an associate pastor at Corpus Christi Parish in Mineola. In 1979, Father Murphy was transferred to St. Dominic Church in Oyster Bay. While working as an associate pastor there, Father Murphy also served on the faculty of St. Dominic’s School. Eight years later he was reassigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lindenhurst where he served as an associate pastor. In 1992, Father Murphy was transferred to Our Lady of Grace Church in West Babylon, and served as an associate pastor. He became a chaplain at Winthrop University Hospital in 1996, and returned to parish work in 2002 as an associate pastor at St. Mark’s Parish in Shoreham. Father Murphy moved to St. Pius X Residence in Uniondale in 2003 because of illness.

Father Murphy was a Rotarian for over two decades in the communities of Garden City, Oyster Bay and Babylon. He also liked to travel, and led pilgrimages to Europe, Puerto Rico, California and the Holy Land.

A wake for Father Murphy will be held on Monday, January 30 from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church in Mineola, followed by a Mass of Transferral at 7:30 p.m. in the church. The Reverend James Bowman will be the Principal Celebrant and Reverend Richard Lewkiewicz will be the homilist.

Bishop William Murphy will preside at the Funeral Mass on Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. at Corpus Christi Church. Monsignor James Spengler will deliver the homily. Burial will follow at Holy Rood Cemetery in Westbury.

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 68,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org.

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