Fr. Mark Murphy
I'm a Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Boston and serve as the Undergraduate Chaplain of the Harvard Catholic Center and Parochial Vicar of St. Paul Parish in Cambridge.
I grew up in Burlington, Massachusetts and my home parish is St. Malachy Parish in Burlington. I graduated from Burlington High School in 2003 and then began my priestly formation for the Archdiocese of Boston at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.
My decision to enter the seminary was rooted in my strong sense of God's call to be a priest and my deep desire to draw people into a deeper relationship with God. I graduated from the Seminary College in 2007 with a B.A. in Philosophy and then entered St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Massachusetts for my theological studies. Prior to ordination to the priesthood, I served as a transitional deacon at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Bridgewater, Massachusetts. I was ordained a priest on May 21, 2011 by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston.
Upon ordination I was assigned as the Parochial Vicar of St. Agatha Parish in Milton, where I served for three years. At St. Agatha's, I was actively involved in our parochial school and in the parish youth ministry program. On June 3, 2014 I began my ministry at Harvard and St. Paul's Parish.
I'm also a reserve Chaplain (with the rank of Captain) in the Massachusetts Army National Guard. I earned a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Theology from St. John’s Seminary, and have a particular interest in early Church history.
In my ministry at the Harvard Catholic Center, I very much enjoy having small group discussions with students about different areas of spirituality and theology, and offer spiritual counseling for students. Since August 2013, I've been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, where I teach The Catechism of the Catholic Church to the seminarians in their first year of priestly formation. If I may be of service to you in any way please reach out to me—I am here for you!