Ice-cream loving bishop farewelled

At his funeral yesterday, Broken Bay founder Bishop Patrick Murphy was remembered as a hardworking disciple of Jesus - who also loved ice-cream.

In a tribute contained in the Mass booklet at his funeral yesterday at Corpus Christi Cathedral, St Ives, in Sydney's north, Bishop Murphy's niece, Veronica Mahoney also remembered him for his love of music "and above all, his family and friends".

Bishop Murphy, who died on 18 March, aged 86, after a long illness, was also remembered for laying foundations upon which successive generations will build.

His successor, Bishop David Walker was principal celebrant at the funeral Mass. Concelebrating were the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Philip Wilson, Cardinal George Pell, Cardinal Edward Clancy, Cardinal Edward Cassidy and a large number of bishops and priests.

Bishop Walker said that since being ordained for the Sydney Archdiocese in 1944, Bishop Murphy had worked in many areas and touched many people's lives.

"If we are looking for a monument for Bishop Murphy - and he would be the last person to want one - look around you, not at the building, but at the people who are here today," Bishop Walker said.

Bishop Murphy had played a key role in the formation of seminarians, the theological formation of priests and laypeople, ecumenism, and in leading by example in ministry, both as a priest and bishop.

"He was very committed as a disciple of Jesus, as a priest, as a bishop. He was a hard worker and whatever he took up he did for the glory of God. He was always willing to go forward in the face of the cross. He was a man of the Church. He was loyal to the Church," Bishop Walker said.

Bishop Murphy was at his best in one-to-one situations and many people who were going through difficult times had been healed by his gentle presence.

Bishop Walker said the Broken Bay Diocese, established in 1986, owed Bishop Murphy a lot.

"He laid the foundations of this Diocese. He gave us the model of being disciples of Jesus. It is the foundation that affects everything else and Pat laid the foundation on which we have built and on which others will build."

Bishop Patrick Murphy remembered as a committed disciple of Jesus and a foundation-builder (ABC, Media Release, 27/3/07)

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First Broken Bay bishop dead at 86 (CathNews, 20/3/07)

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