~~Fr. Francis Kevin Murphy, 64, of Chatham, NJ, passed away on November 27, 2017. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Church, 234 Southern Blvd in Chatham on Thursday, November 30th at 10:30am. Interment will follow at St. Vincent Cemetery in Madison. To send a condolence, please visit www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
Born in Newark, the son of Francis A. and Helen (Kelly) Murphy, Kevin was raised in Belleville and graduated from Essex Catholic High School in Newark. He was a graduate of both Iona College in New Rochelle, NY and Catholic University in Washington, DC. and received his seminary training from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Mahwah, NJ. Kevin was ordained in 1981 by the Most Reverend Peter L. Gerety, D.D. Over the years he had served in many capacities including Chaplain of Mother Seton Regional High School in Clark, headmaster and teacher at Oratory Prep in Summit, Parochial Vicar at St. Rose of Lima in Short Hills and Our Lady of the Lake in Verona as well as many other responsibilities.
Kevin is survived by his sisters, Mary Clare Friel and Elizabeth Vogel, his nieces Mary Ellen Miele (Charles) and Karen Major (William) and great nieces and nephew, Ashley and Melissa Miele, and Darby and Nicholas Major.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Kevin’s memory may be made to either Mother Seton Regional High School, One Valley Rd, Clark, NJ 07006 or Seton Hall Prep, 120 Northfield Ave, West Orange, NJ 07052.