Daniel J. Murphy, O.S.A.

1856 – 1919 (February 8)

Daniel Joseph Murphy was born in Glens Falls, New York, on February 26, 1856, to John Murphy and Mary Regan. He entered the novitiate at Villanova, Pennsylvania, on October 7, 1877, and professed vows on December 8, 1878. Following studies at Villanova College, he was sent to Italy for theology in 1881, and was ordained in the church of Sant’Agostino, Naples, on October 1, 1882.

In February 1889, Father Murphy was assigned to Saint Mary’s Parish, Lawrence, Massachusetts. In August 1891, he was assigned to Saint Augustine Parish, Lansingburgh, N.Y., and in May of the following year was at Villanova. Shortly after, he was sent to Saint Augustine Parish, Philadelphia, and in October 1893, to Greenwich, N.Y. In successive years, Father Murphy served at Saint James’ Parish, Carthage, N.Y, and again at Saint Mary’s, Lawrence.

In September 1902, he was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Province of Castille and was stationed in Leon, Spain, by authority of Prior General Thomas Rodriguez. He returned to the Province in 1904, and for a time was editor of Good Counsel Magazine. Father Murphy was assigned to St. Rita High School, Chicago, where he died on February 8, 1919 at the age of 63 of apoplexy. He is buried in the Community Cemetery at Villanova.