Msgr. Eugene F. Murphy died April 11, three days shy of his 88th birthday. His wake will be held Wednesday, April 15 from 2 – 5 p.m. at Cassidy Funeral Home, 156 Willis Ave., Mineola. Mass of Transferral will be celebrated Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the Church of Corpus Christi, 155 Garfield Ave., Mineola. His funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 16, at Corpus Christi followed by burial at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.
The Queens native attended Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, Brooklyn. He was accepted as a pre-theological candidate for the priesthood, pursuing his bachelor’s degree at St. John’s College, Brooklyn, before entering the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington in 1948.
Ordained June 7, 1952, he was assigned as associate pastor of St. Francis de Sales, Patchogue. He also served as an associate pastor at Mary Immaculate, Bellport; Blessed Sacrament, Valley Stream; St. Martin of Tours, Amityville; St. Elizabeth, Melville and St. Pius X, Plainview.
Then, in 1971 Msgr. Murphy was assigned as director of the diocesan Hospital Apostolate. In 1974, he also briefly served as administrator at St. Joachim’s, Cedarhurst. In 1975, he was assigned as pastor of St. Paul the Apostle, Brookville, but developed health problems and returned to the Hospital Apostolate, where he remained until 1987.
He also took on additional responsibilities — first as chaplain at A. Holly Patterson Home, Uniondale, and, in 1976, chaplain at Winthrop University Hospital, Mineola, where he remained until 2001 when he retired.
In an interview with The Long Island Catholic newspaper on his 60th anniversary as a priest, Msgr. Murphy said he found it satisfying ministering to patients and their families, and developing relationships with other clergy. He was also impressed with the dedication of the physicians and nurses.
“The Lord has been very good,” he said of his 60 years as a priest, adding was happy to celebrate Mass and to serve people and the Church. In his retirement, he enjoyed the company of fellow priests at St. Pius X Residence in Amityville and noted, “retirement has also given me more time for prayer.”