Father Mark Murphy was named priest of St. Jude Catholic Church in the Summer of 2018 after serving in Alta Vista, where he was pastor at St. Bernard's Church.
Murphy is originally from Marion, and a graduate of Regis High School's class of 1998.
The people of St. Jude Church in Cedar Rapids know Father Mark Murphy as their parish pastor. But the priest, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, currently also serves in another, rather unique role, one related to an under-construction nuclear submarine.
Father Murphy is part of the commissioning committee for the PCU Iowa SSN 797, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered submarine being built on the East Coast. The priest is serving as the committee’s chaplain.
“The Navy, and the military in general, values tradition and customs, it emphasizes being part of a team, and teaches the importance of sacrifice,” he said. “As a priest, one is part of Christ’s team that is the church. Our church has a tradition that we have received, our Catholic faith is something we have received that we are called to share, and we are called to share with a willingness to sacrifice to cooperate with Christ for the salvation of souls and the glory of God.”
“In the Navy,” the priest added, “I was honored to serve to protect and promote the United States of America. In the priesthood, and in the Catholic Church, I am blessed to try to do my part in cooperating with the Holy Spirit to build the kingdom of God, particularly at St. Jude.”
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