John Murphy (bishop)

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The Most Reverend
John Murphy
Archbishop of Cardiff
Church Roman Catholic
Archdiocese Cardiff
Appointed 22 Aug 1961
In office 1961-1983
Predecessor Michael McGrath
Successor John Ward
Ordination 21 March 1931
Consecration 25 February 1948
by William Godfrey
Rank Metropolitan Archbishop
Personal details
Born (1905-12-21)December 21, 1905
Birkenhead, England
Died November 18, 1995(1995-11-18) (aged 89)
Nationality English
Previous post Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury (1948-1949)
Bishop of Shrewsbury (1949-1961)
Styles of
John Aloysius Murphy
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Grace
Religious style Archbishop

John Aloysius Murphy (21 December 1905 – 18 November 1995) was a Roman Catholic Church prelate who served firstly as the Bishop of Shrewsbury from 1949 to 1961, then as the Archbishop of Cardiff from 1961 to 1983.[1]

He was born in Birkenhead on the Wirral Peninsula on 21 December 1905, and ordained a priest for the Diocese of Shrewsbury on 21 March 1931. He was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Shrewsbury and Titular Bishop of Appia on 7 February 1948. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 25 February 1948, the principal consecrator was Cardinal William Godfrey, Archbishop of Westminster, and the principal co-consecrators were John Edward Petit, Bishop of Menevia and Henry Vincent Marshall, Bishop of Salford. On the death of Ambrose James Moriarty on 3 June 1949, Murphy automatically succeeded as Bishop of Shrewsbury. Twelve years later, he was appointed Archbishop of Cardiff.[1]

Murphy adjusted to the ecumenical climate of Vatican II, for example by accompanying the Abbot of Caldey on a visit to the Llandaff residence of Bishop Glyn Simon, who subsequently as Archbishop of Wales spoke at the Installation (1969) of the Catholic Lord Mayor, Sir Lincoln Hallinan,

He retired on 25 March 1983 and assumed the title Archbishop emeritus of Cardiff. He died on 18 November 1995, aged 89.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Archbishop John Aloysius Murphy". David M. Cheney. Retrieved 26 June 2011. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Ambrose James Moriarty
Bishop of Shrewsbury
Succeeded by
William Eric Grasar
Preceded by
Michael Joseph McGrath
Archbishop of Cardiff
Succeeded by
John Aloysius Ward