Tomás Guilherme Murphy

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Most Reverend

Tomás Guilherme Murphy, C.Ss.R. D.D.
Bishop of Juazeiro
Church Roman Catholic Church
See Diocese of Juazeiro
In officeOctober 16, 1962 December 29, 1973
PredecessorNone
SuccessorJosé Rodrigues de Souza, C.Ss.R.
Orders
OrdinationDecember 27, 1950
ConsecrationJanuary 2, 1963
by  Gerald Thomas Bergan
Personal details
Born(1917-12-17)December 17, 1917
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
DiedJuly 6, 1995(1995-07-06) (aged 77)
Ordination history of
Tomás Guilherme Murphy
History
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated by Gerald Thomas Bergan
DateJanuary 2, 1963
Episcopal succession
Bishops consecrated by Tomás Guilherme Murphy as principal consecrator
Washington Cruz, C.P.May 9, 1987

Tomás Guilherme Murphy (December 17, 1917 – July 6, 1995) [1] was an American-born bishop in the Catholic Church. He served as the first bishop of the Diocese of Juazeiro in the state of Bahia, Brazil from 1962 to 1973. He then served as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia from 1973 to 1995.

Biography

Thomas William Murphy was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was educated at the Redemptorist minor seminary, St. Joseph's College, in Kirkwood, Missouri. He attended novitiate in De Soto, Missouri where he professed religious vows as a Redemptorist in the St. Louis Province. He studied for the priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and was ordained there on December 27, 1950.

Murphy served as a missionary in the Vice Province of Manaus, Brazil until October 16, 1962 when Pope John XXIII named him to be the first bishop of the newly established Diocese of Juazeiro. He was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Gerald Thomas Bergan of Omaha on January 2, 1963. The principal co-consecrators were Bishops William Tibertus McCarty, C.Ss.R. of Rapid City, and Glennon Patrick Flavin of Lincoln. Bishop Murphy attended the second and fourth sessions of the Second Vatican Council and was responsible for initiating the Council's reforms in the diocese. He served the Diocese of Juazeiro for eleven years before his resignation for reasons of health was accepted by Paul VI on December 29, 1973. On the same day he was named Titular Bishop of Sululos and Auxiliary Bishop of São Salvador da Bahia. He served the archdiocese until his death on July 6, 1995. [2]

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References

  1. "Diocese of Juazeiro Brazil". www.gcatholic.org. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
  2. "Bishop Tomás Guilherme (Thomas William) Murphy, C.SS.R." www.catholic-hierarchy.org. Retrieved 2010-06-08.