Father Murphy was a faithful priest who ministered enthusiastically in various parishes and communities of the Archdiocese of Boston. He truly loved the people of God and served them wholeheartedly with energy, enthusiasm, kindness, joy and devotion. Father Murphy preached and taught the Gospel to everyone - young and old. Christ indeed lived in this priest of God who served above and beyond the call of duty.
Father Murphy was the son of Edward and Bridget E. (O'Neill) Murphy. He was pre-deceased by his brother Edward Murphy of Connecticut and will be lovingly missed by his brother Kevin Murphy of Chelmsford, MA, his sister Joan Maureen Murphy of Reading, MA, his sister-in-law Mary (Gibbons) Murphy of Trumbull, Connecticut, many devoted nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephewsand numerous friends.
During his fifty years of service, Father Murphy was pleased to work at Saint Bridget, Maynard; Our Lady of Lourdes, Revere; and Saint Agatha, Milton. He was proud to have received his Master's Degree at Gallaudet College, Washington, DC in the early 1970's. He truly enjoyed being a counselor at The Boston School for the Deaf, in Randolph, for more than twenty years. In 2006, Father Murphy was appointed Director of the Deaf Apostolate as well as a part time parochial vicar at Saint Francis Xavier Parish in Weymouth. He later served as Chaplain in Norfolk State Prison, ministered at Saint Coletta of Massachusetts, Cardinal Cushing Campus, Hanover. Father Murphy spent his final years as Senior Priest in Residence at Saint Francis Xavier, Weymouth, which he considered to be his home. He also enjoyed contributing at Saint Bartholomew Parish, Needham, Saint Helen Parish, Norwell and Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, Boston. An avid Boston sports fan and participant, ice hockey was a particular passion for "Father Charlie" and he continued to play well into his seventies. He was actively involved with the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association (AHIHA) for more than 25 years. At AHIHA, Father Murphy coached, counseled and translated for hearing impaired children and their families and was a loyal fundraiser.
Father Murphy will lay in state at Saint Francis Xavier Church, S. Weymouth on Friday June 17, 2011 from 2:00 PM through 8:00 PM. A Mass of the Resurrection for Father Murphy will be celebrated on Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10:30 AM also at Saint Francis Xavier Church, Weymouth. Arrangements by McDonald Funeral Home, WEYMOUTH.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations may be made to AHIHA c/o Kevin Murphy, 21 Regina Drive Chelmsford, MA 01824 to establish a scholarship fund in Father's memory. Burial will be at Cambridge Cemetery.
The article about him on the Boston Globe:
Collateral Damage by Brian McGrory