On Thursday, October 1, 2020, St. Thomas More School of Allentown celebrates Monsignor Murphy's 40th anniversary.
The Reverend John P. Murphy, a long-time friend of St. Thomas More and the Christian community of Allentown, was appointed pastor of STM on October 1, 1980. In addition to his duties of pastor, Fr. Murphy assumed the responsibility as director of the Mission Office of the Propagation of Faith and the Holy Childhood Association at STM.
Msgr. Murphy came to STM from Immaculate Conception Church in Allentown where he served as assistant pastor from 1964 to 1975. He also served the Catholic Youth Organization as Lehigh County Regional Director (1967-1971) and Diocesan Director (1971-1980).
A native of Shenandoah, Msgr. Murphy studied for the priesthood at St. Charles Seminary and was ordained in 1964.
Following his appointment at STM, Msgr. Murphy wrote about thankfulness in the STM Newsletter in November of 1980. "There are certain dramatic moments in our lives when it is instinctive to day, Thank God." But to be truly thankful is to be thankful every ordinary day. True thankfulness is probably harder and rarer than we think. All of us abhor ingratitude. We speak of it in the severest terms. yet, there are so many people, so many circumstances in our lives, that we simply take for granted."
Our St. Thomas More School and Parish community are enterally thankful for Msgr. Murphy these past 40 years. For his guidance, faith, support, and wisdom, STM is a stronger and more faithful parish because of his leadership. Happy 40th anniversary, Msgr. Murphy!