Msgr. Robert Murphy

The road less travel by.

When did you first feel called to the priesthood?

I first felt called to the priesthood by watching a movie about a priest. "Going my way" starring Bing Crosby. He was so positive and affirming that I wanted to be that kind of priest.

What is the defining issue of our time and what does the priesthood have to say about it?

The defining issue of our times is "two roads diverged in a yellow wood" as Robert Frost wrote. Can you take "the road less traveled by": the way of Christ and, as the poem ends: "And I shall be telling this with a sigh, somewhere ages and ages hence,two roads diverged in a wood and I, took the road less traveled by and that has made all the difference." Priests, above everything else, need to be men of prayer totally given to Jesus Christ and his message and his way of life.

What do you love about the priesthood?

I love the fact that when I call upon the power of the Holy Spirit whether it be in a homily or at a bedside of a dying person or just in a conversation, I can be a conduit of Christ to others.

What are the challenges you face as a priest?

The greatest challenge is keeping balance and perspective. No one will ask you if you pray. Veering will ask if you are coming to a meeting.

What advice would you give to someone who approaches you about the priesthood?

Be ready to change your life; live by the principles of Christ, and seek a priest who you can share your soul with.

What was you biggest obstacle in descerning God's call?

My biggest obstacle was going on my "feelings" rather than on what I knew I was called to.

Who was the most influential person in your life?

My parents were the most influential people in my life for their deep faith and their deep love.

What is your family background?

I am the older of four: one brother and two sisters. Each one of them is a real inspiration to me.

What books/authors, films, music, etc., do you like?

I like Robert Frost (Poetry); F. Scott Fitzgerald (beautiful prose), and love old movies from the 30's and 40's.