Father Kevin Murphy died Dec. 21, 2022, at St. Ann’s Home in Rochester. He was 79 years old.
Father Murphy grew up in Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Greece and attended Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Rochester. He then studied at St. Andrew’s and St. Bernard’s seminaries, both in Rochester, and was ordained June 1, 1968, by Bishop Fulton J. Sheen at Sacred Heart Cathedral.
After ordination, Father Murphy served as associate pastor at St. Mary Parish in Canandaigua from 1968-72. During that time, he also served as part-time chaplain at Community College of the Finger Lakes, which later became known as Finger Lakes Community College.
In 1972, Father Murphy left Ontario County and moved to Ithaca, where he worked in campus ministry at Cornell University from 1972-77. From 1977-79, he served first as copastor and then as administrator of St. Patrick Parish in Elmira.
He returned to Monroe County in 1979 and served as associate pastor of St. Louis Parish in Pittsford from 1979-81. From 1981-91, he served as copastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish on Humboldt Street in Rochester alongside Father Peter Clifford.
“I witnessed on more than one occasion the enormity of his heart and his tender care for persons, especially persons grieving and in need,” Father Clifford recalled.
Father Murphy also encouraged women to take active roles in ministry and service to the church, Father Clifford said.
“He encouraged them to take on more responsibilities. Father Kevin not only had an eye for talent, but also a desire particularly to raise up women in ministry,” Father Clifford said.
Father Murphy later served as St. John the Evangelist’s solo pastor from 1991-96.
He also served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Penfield from 1996-2005. He returned to St. Louis Parish in Pittsford in 2005, this time as its pastor, and remained there until reaching senior status in 2011.
Father Murphy will lie in state Jan. 3, 2023, from 4 to 6 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 95 N. Main St. in Canandaigua. A vigil service will follow at 6 p.m. His funeral Mass will take place Jan. 4, 2023, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery in Canandaigua.