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Most Reverend William Murphy, D.D., S.T.D. Print E-mail

Current and Fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre

 Most Reverend William Murphy, S.T.D, L.H.D.

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Born: May 14, 1940
Ordained a Priest of the Archdiocese of Boston at Saint Peter’s, Vatican City, December 16, 1964
Auxiliary Bishop to the Archbishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Saia Maggiore
Appointed November 21, 1995 and Consecrated December 27, 1995
Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia, Archdiocese of Boston, 1993-2001
Appointed Diocesan Bishop of Rockville Centre, June 26, 2001
Installed as Fourth Bishop of Rockville Centre, September 5, 2001

Secretary of Community Relations, Archdiocese of Boston, 1987-1993
Director, Office of Social Justice, Archdiocese of Boston, 1987-1993
Director, Pope John XXIII Seminary, Weston, MA, 1987-1993
Lecturer in Social Ethics, St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA, 1987-1993
Administrator, Sacred Heart Parish, Lexington, MA, 1987
Under Secretary, Pontifical Commission Jusititia et Pax, Vatican City, 1980-1987
Pontifical Commission Justitia et Pax, Vatican City, 1974-1987
Lecturer in Theology, Pontifical University of Saint Thomas, 1976-1980
Lecturer in Theology, Pontifical Gregorian University, 1972-1974
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Pope John XXIII Seminary, Weston, MA, 1974
Assistant Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College, Boston, MA, 1968-1974
Assistant Pastor, Groveland, Winchester and East Boston, MA, 1965-1970
Commissioner, United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2001-
Board of Directors, International Catholic Organizations Information Center, 2002-
Secretary-Treasurer of New York State Catholic Conference, 2003-

Vita Associata in Thought of Ernesto Buonaiuti – 1974
Various Publications of the Pontifical Commission of Justice and Peace including; “Person, Nation and State” –
1982; “True Dimensions of Development Today” – 1983;
“Some Reflections on Conscientious Objection Today” in La Pac-Sfida, Pontifical Lateran University – 1986
“Rerum Novarum” in A Century of Social Catholic Teaching, Washington, DC – 1991
“In the Beginning” in Weigel and Royal (ed.), Building the Free Society, Washington, DC – 1993
“Issues Regarding the Economy and its Relationship to the Family in Catholic Social Teaching” in
Familia et Vita, Anno 1, No. 2, 1996
Columnist, The Pilot, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Boston, 1998-2001
Columnist, The Long Island Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, 2001-

Conferences on various aspects of the Social Doctrine of the Church in Europe, Asia and the United States –
“The Holy See Looks at the Middle East,” National Workshop on Christian-Jewish Relations, Boston – 1983;
Represented the Holy See at various International Conferences: United Nations Conference on Least Developed
Countries, Head of Delegation, Paris – 1983; Assistant to Cardinal Casaroli, Secretary of State, at Second United
Nations Special Session on Disarmament – 1982; Assistant to Cardinal Casaroli at 40th Anniversary of the
United Nations – 1986; Representative of the Holy See at BISA VII Meeting of Bishops of Asia, Hua Hin,
Thailand – 1986.
Council of Europe, Social Ministers Meeting, Malta – 1986
First Latin American Congress on Social Doctrine of the Church, Santiago, Chile – 1991
National Security Council, Latin American Affairs on Cuba, Washington, DC – 1993
Cuba Study Group: Cuba, the Catholic Church and Humanitarian Aid, Georgetown University, Washington, DC –
Cambridge Center for the Study of Faith and Culture, 1994
Jesus Series: “Whatsoever You Did For Them”: Jesus and Justice. Archdiocese of Portland in “Oregon – 1997
Cuba Study Group: The Current Religious Situation and the Upcoming Visit of Pope John Paul II, Georgetown University,
Washington, DC – 1997
Visits to Great Lakes Region of Africa, 2004, 2005, 2006; Work with bishops of Rwanda, Burundi & Eastern
Congo with special concern for the bishops & for peacemaking initiatives
USCCB Representative to ACEAC at Kinshasa, Congo 2004
Host & Participant in Review of Aparecida document by the Officials of CELAM, USCCB & CCCB,
Huntington, 2007
Host for Annual Meeting of Canadian and United States Bishops, Huntington, 2009
Ongoing conversation with the United States Labor Unions & the Church
Support and concern for the Churches of Eastern Europe, especially Ukraine & Cardinal Husar

Bishops Committee on International Justice and Peace, Member 1996- 2007; Consultant 2007 -
Adjunct to Committee on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1996-
Board of Directors: CLINIC, 1997-2000
Bishops Committee on Latin America, 1997-2000
Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care Issues, 1997- 2007
Bishops Committee on Migration, 2002- 2005
Bishops Committee on Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, Member 2005– 2008; Consultant 2008 -
USCCB representative to the Orthodox Union & the Orthodox Rabbis of the RCA, 2005 –
Chairman of the USCCB Audit Subcommittee with oversight of the USCCB audits, 2008 –
Chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice Peace & Human Development, 2007 -

Holy See Delegation for United Nations Conference on Disarmament, 1984
Holy See Delegation for United States Conference on Development, 1985
Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, 2007 -
Consultor of the Commission for Religious Relations with Jews of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity, 2008 –

3rd United Nations Special Session on Disarmament, 1987
Presidential Delegation to Observe Haitian Elections, 1987 and 1990
Presidential Delegation to the Inauguration of Jean Bertrand Aristide, 1991
United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, 2000-2003

Member, Board of Trustees, 1998-
Executive Committee, 1992 –
Chair, Committee for Nominations, 1998 – 2002
Chair, Committee on Academic Affairs, 2002 –

Prepared at Boston Latin School for Harvard College, 1961
Saint John’s Seminary – A.B., 1961
Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome – S.T.L., 1965; S.T.D., 1974

English, Italian, French & Spanish
Reading knowledge of Portuguese, German & Dutch

Doctor of Theology (Th.D. Honoris Causa) Assumption College, Worcester, MA – 1999
Doctor of Humane Letters (L.H.D. Honoris Causa) Salem State College, Salem, MA – 2000
Rabin Peacemaker Award, Merrimack College, MA – 2002
Doctor of Laws (LLD, Honoris Causa) St. John’s University, NY - 2003

Named Chaplain of Honor to His Holiness – 1979
Named Prelate of Honor – 1987
Knight Commander with Star of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Ecclesiastical Commander of Grace in the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George
Conventual Chaplain of the American Association of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, 2002