1844 – 1905 (December 20)
Maurice Joseph Murphy, the son of Michael Murphy and Mary Kelly, was born in Daugh, Kerry, Ireland on February 19, 1844. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania, in June, 1871, and made his simple profession of vows on January 22, 1872. He was solemnly professed on January 24, 1875, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ryan of Buffalo on July 19th of the same year.
Father Murphy was asigned shortly after ordination to Immaculate Conception Parish, Lawrence, Massachusetts. In 1876 he was appointed rector at Saint Augustine Parish, Andover. In 1890 he was transferred to Saint Patrick's Parish, Cambridge, New York, and in 1894, he returned to Saint Mary's, Lawrence, where he served until his death.
Father Murphy was 61 when he died on December 20, 1905 at Lowell, Massachusetts. He is buried in Saint Mary's Cemetery in Lawrence.