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Rev. John D. Murphy, SJ, M.Div., M.A.

Adjunct Professor of Dogmatics, Bishop White Seminary


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Georgetown University, AB English, 1963

Boston College, MA Philosophy, 1973

Weston School of Theology, M-Div, 1977

Middlebury College, MA English, 1979


Fr. Murphy was born in San Francisco on July 25, 1941, and is part of the generation referred to as "pre-war" babies.  He was educated by the BVM nuns in grammar school and the Jesuits in high school and college.  When he graduated from Georgetown University in 1963 with a degree in English and philosophy, he went to the U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island.  He served in the Atlantic Amphibious Force until his honorable discharge in 1966.  After working for four years, he entered the Society of Jesus and was ordained a priest in May 1977. 

Half of his ministerial life has been spent in high school teaching and administration, and the other half in the formation of men preparing for the priesthood both in the Society of Jesus and in several diocesan seminaries. 

For three years, he was Director of Spiritual Life at the North American College in Rome.  Following those years, he taught philosophy and offered spiritual direction at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.  Currently, he is Director of Spiritual Life at Bishop White College Seminary in the Diocese of Spokane. 

For four years, he was the tertian instructor for the California Province of the Society of Jesus.  (Tertianship is the final phase of Jesuit formation, the time immediately preceding the pronouncement of final vows; central to that period is the young Jesuit's second experiencing of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola.) Since his ordination, Father Murphy has given many retreats—preached, directed, and guided.  That is his permanent ministry at this time.       His main interest lies in helping his directees to come to an understanding of the specific manner that God is calling the person into a knowledge of His will for them as an invitation to claim the Peace that is the fruit of Jesus' resurrection.