Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Virtual Library



“The motto I choose represents what I aspire to in my service as a bishop of the church. It is a simple and direct message with strong roots in the teaching of the Vatican Council. For me, the challenge of ministry today is to provide people with a spirit of optimism and the desire to make a difference.”
-Bishop Thomas J. Murphy – June of 1978

Welcome to the Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy Virtual Library. The library provides a rich, personal, and interactive glimpse into the life and ministry of the archbishop. Visitors will be able to walk in the shoes of Archbishop Murphy at each stage of his life by viewing the interactive timeline that begins with the arrival of his parents in America in the early 1900s and ends with his death in Seattle in June of 1997.

A second engaging feature of the Virtual Library is an interactive version of Archbishop Murphy’s coat of arms. This tool offers all visitors the opportunity to discover the meaning of each element of the coat of arms and how it relates to the core elements of his life and ministry.

Archbishop Murphy was a prolific writer throughout his life. The Virtual Library’s Online Archive offers an inventory of more than 1,100 of the Archbishop’s written works, including homilies, prayers, addresses, and personal reflections, beginning in the early 1970s and ending at the time of this death.

We hope you enjoy your visit to the Virtual Library. It is our sincere wish that you will return on a regular basis to learn and discover more about Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy.

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