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Sister Constance Murphy

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
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Favorite Vacation Spot:
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Favorite Quote:
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Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1904
Birth Location:
Baltimore, Maryland

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Nun

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
None
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Muskoka, Ontario, Canada
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
2/2/1904
Birth Location:
Baltimore
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Biography

Born in Baltimore on February 2, 1904, into a middle-class family in the newspaper publishing industry, Sister Constance Murphy elected not to stay in the family business. After graduating from high school, Murphy moved to Philadelphia to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a B.S. in education in 1928. She would later return to school at the University of Michigan to earn a master's degree at the age of seventy-three.

Murphy felt her religious calling most strongly after attending a passion play in Oberammagau, Germany in 1930. Returning to Baltimore, she attended a presentation by the Sisters of St. John the Divine, an Anglican order of nuns based in Canada, in 1932. Four years later, she traveled north to Toronto to join the order. In 1938, she was sent to teach at the Qu'Appelle Diocesan School in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. While there, she rose to the position of headmistress and returned to the Toronto convent in 1955. Murphy was named administrator of the Church Home for the Aged in Toronto in 1958, a position she held until 1972.

At the age of ninety-four, Murphy published a book of her memoirs, Other Little Ships, and a year later visited the Holy Land for the first time. She has also co-authored several books of prayer and hymns. Murphy has been honored for her work on many occasions and continues to work diligently today. On her 105th birthday Murphy was recognized as the oldest American in Canada by Consul General John R. Nay.

Sister Constance Murphy passed away on August 2, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sister Constance Murphy lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about her grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her grandfather, John H. Murphy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her grandfather, John H. Murphy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Murphy, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Murphy, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about the notable people her grandparents entertained
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her father, George Murphy
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her father's career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sister Constance Murphy recalls her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her mother and grandparents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sister Constance Murphy remembers her grandparents' catering company
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her childhood activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about her book "Other Little Ships"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sister Constance Murphy shares family memories
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sister Constance Murphy shares her memories of school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sister Constance Murphy remembers her school teachers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sister Constance Murphy remembers her school teachers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about her career aspirations in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her graduation from high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about her decision to attend the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sister Constance Murphy describes attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sister Constance Murphy describes attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her troubled friend, Hilda
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sister Constance Murphy describes going to Europe in 1929 with her friend, Hilda
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sister Constance Murphy recalls returning to Europe to see the Passion play in 1930
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sister Constance Murphy describes being influenced by the nuns she knew as a child
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sister Constance Murphy recalls orphanages in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sister Constance Murphy describes why she became a nun
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about race and the convents in Maryland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about sisters she admired as a child
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her training at the convent
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sister Constance Murphy talks about her teaching career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sister Constance Murphy reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sister Constance Murphy shares her advice to young people
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her lack of regrets in life
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Sister Constance Murphy describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sister Constance Murphy narrates her photographs