Fr. Warren Murphy, T.O.R., 87, of the Third Order Regular Franciscans of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, died Friday night, November 11, at the Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, after an extended illness. He was born on November 22, 1928 in East Boston, Massachusetts. He was baptized at Sacred Heart Church, East Boston, MA and given the name Leo Francis. He was the son of the late Leo Francis Murphy and Amelia Francis Murphy. He graduated from Provincetown Grammar School and Provincetown High School, Provincetown, MA, and Bryant and Stratton Commercial School, Boston, MA. After graduation, Fr. Warren worked in business for five years. He entered the T.O.R. community in Loretto, PA in September 1951, and did his postulancy at Mt. Assisi Friary, Loretto, PA. He made his novitiate at Portiuncula Friary, Washington, D.C. and pronounced First Vows on July 5, 1953. On July 5, 1956 Fr. Warren pronounced his Solemn Vows at Mt. Assisi Friary, Loretto, PA. Fr. Warren was ordained to the priesthood by the late Bishop George Leech, D.D. of the Diocese of Harrisburg, at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, Loretto, PA on May 28, 1960.
Fr. Warren received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from St. Francis College (University), Loretto, PA in 1956. He completed his Theological studies at St. Francis Seminary, Loretto, PA in 1960. He received his Master of Music degree from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1972. During his long and very faithful Franciscan life, Fr. Warren ministered for 15 years at St. Francis College (University) in roles of teaching and administration. He was superior and taught at both St. Francis Seminary, Loretto and Toronto, Canada. In 1980, Fr. Warren was assigned to the Diocese of Ft. Worth, Texas. For one year, he was parochial vicar at St. Michael Church, Bedford. He was pastor at St. Thomas Church, Ft. Worth for 7 years. Fr. Warren became pastor of St. Andrew Church, Ft. Worth in 1988. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he was assigned by the Diocese to minister in a special manner to the broken, the marginalized and those discriminated against. In 2008, he was a priest in residence at St. Andrew Church.
In 2012, Fr. Warren returned to St. Francis Friary-Mt. Assisi, where he served in the ministry of prayer. Fr. Warren was truly a music man. Before entering the community, he served as an organist. He was an accomplished pianist. After ordination he taught Chant, Music Appreciation, Music History and Chorus. He directed the College and Seminary Choirs and numerous concerts. Throughout his adult life he had a deep appreciation for fine music and introduced many others to the beauty of music.
Fr. Warren was preceded in death by his twin sister, Loretta Murphy White. He is survived by four nephews and one niece and his Franciscan brothers.
Link to the Homily given by Father Richard Eldredge, TOR at funeral of Father Warren Murphy.