Monsignor Tim Murphy to receive Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award
In Monsignor Murphy’s sixty years of connection to Central Catholic as student, teacher, administrator, and spiritual leader, he has become the living example of the school’s mission - to live as a Christian witness in service to others.
In his nomination letter to the NCEA, Brother William Dygert C.S.C., Ph.D., Superintendent of Catholic Schools, said, “Over the years, Msgr. Murphy has been a dominant force in ensuring the mission of the school, an active model of service to others, and an inspiration to all he has worked with and for.”
As a priest, mentor, counselor, and champion of those in need, Monsignor Murphy has worked tirelessly to provide Central Catholic with the resources, and ability, to continue to serve all who desire a quality, Catholic education, regardless of their financial situation.
Central Catholic Principal John Garrow ‘76 said, “He has dedicated his life in service to generations of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon.” As the spiritual leader to the school community, he has baptized more children, overseen the marriages of more couples, and celebrated the lives of more Catholics who have passed away than any other priest in Portland.
Pope Francis called on priests to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep”. When Monsignor Tim Murphy was ordained over 50 years ago, he understood this better than most. He humbly lives amongst his flock and is truly what Pope Francis had in mind as he expressed his hope that all priests might “smell of sheep”.
Congratulations, Monsignor Tim Murphy.