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Father Daniel W. Murphy

Father Daniel Murphy was born in Liscarroll, County Cork, Ireland on November 24, 1838. He finished his studies at the Grand Seminary of Montreal. He was ordained by Bishop Bacon in Portland, Maine, August 1861. He served in many Maine and New Hampshire communities before being transferred to Dover. In 1881 Father Murphy was appointed pastor to St. Mary's Catholic Church. He built the Sacred Heart School for Girls and remodeled a house to serve as a convent for the Sisters of Mercy. In 1887 he converted a building to serve as an orphanage. In 1888 Father Murphy  built St. Joseph's School for Boys. In 1891 he installed a bell tower of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Father Murphy was also responsible for the installation of St. Mary's beautiful stained glass windows. In 1901 he was made a Monsignor. Father Murphy passed away April 3, 1911. His funeral is said to have been the largest Dover has ever seen.

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