Reverend Father William Joseph Murphy, the first Director of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lismore, died in Brisbane on Tuesday 3rd. February. He had been living in retirement in Brisbane since 1975.
Father Murphy was born in Lismore in 1917 and baptised in St.Carthage’s Cathedral. He received his primary and secondary education in Lismore. He was accepted by Bishop Carroll as a student for the Priesthood and studied at St. Columba’s College, Springwood and St. Patrick’s College, Manly.
His ordination to the Priesthood took place in St. Carthage’s Cathedral, Lismore on July 26, 1942. His first appointment was to the Casino parish until 1946. He was then appointed to the parish of Lismore.
In 1953 Father Murphy was appointed Inspector of Schools and in 1957 became the first Director of Schools in the Diocese. He excelled in the areas of catechetics, liturgy, homiletics and the documents of the Second Vatican Council. He was an acknowledged communicator and for many years was in demand as a lecturer to various interest groups in the Lismore Diocese and beyond.
In 1973 due to ill health, Father Murphy retired, spending time in Mullumbimby, Ballina and then Brisbane.
A Concelebrated Requiem Mass for Father Murphy will take place at Corpus Christi Church, Nundah, on Wednesday February 10 at 11am. (Queensland time).