Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Murphy_JosephWEST HARTFORD – Father Joseph Gregory Murphy, 91, formerly of The McAuley in West Hartford, died on July 4, 2010, at the Alzheimer’s Resource Center in Plantsville.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1918, in Waterbury, a son of the late John and Mary (Callahan) Murphy. He graduated from Crosby High School in 1936, St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield in 1938 and St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in 1944, and was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1944, in St. Joseph Cathedral in Hartford by Bishop Henry J. O’Brien.

Father Murphy served as an assistant at St. Justin Church in Hartford from 1944-51, at St. Joseph Church in New Haven from 1951-59, and then at St. Rose Church in Meriden from 1959-66. On Sept. 22, 1966, Father Murphy was appointed Pastor of St. Helena Church in West Hartford, and served there until his retirement on Oct. 15, 1992. After his retirement, he was a visiting priest at St. Margaret Church in Madison until 2006.

Father Murphy is survived by his four nieces, Ellen Murphy of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mildred Murphy of Waterbury; Betsy Conte of West Simsbury; and Maureen Murphy of Gloucester, Mass.; as well as by three nephews, William Leece of Branford, and Patrick and Joseph Murphy, both of Cheshire. Father Murphy was predeceased by four brothers, Eugene, John, Patrick and Father Francis Murphy; and a sister, H. Patricia Leece.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell celebrated a Mass of Christian Burial on July 8 at St. Helena Church. Msgr. John D. Regan of Bloomfield preached the homily. Burial followed in New St. Joseph Cemetery in Waterbury.