John Murphy

College II
St. John Paul ll Seminary
Catholic University of America
St. Rita Parish

What did you do prior to entering seminary?

I was in the United States Air Force as a Non-Commissioned Officer. My career field was Security Forces where I worked as a military law enforcement officer. I enlisted in 2017 and I separated in 2022.

What influenced your decision to apply for seminary entrance? 

I was supposed to serve in the Air Force until July 2023 but I was granted a voluntary separation for August 2022. My prayers were answered and it seemed that the Lord opened all the necessary doors in order for me to apply this year.

Why do you want to be a priest?

I desire to bring Jesus to people and people to Jesus.

What are your favorite pastimes?

I enjoy hiking/backpacking, reading.

What is your favorite quote?

“Stay true to your Catholic Faith and in doing so you will stay true to yourself.” Peter X. Murphy, my father. This was one of the last things he said to me before he passed away in 2017.

Who is your favorite Saint and why?

St. Joseph is my favorite because he is the prime example of the priest and father I want to become.

What advice would you give to a young man thinking about the seminary? 

In my experience, you can't discern two vocations at one time. So do yourself a favor don't discern but decide. Also, get a spiritual director if you don't have one.

Any other facts about yourself that people might find interesting? 

I was born and raised in Colorado and have seven older siblings 15 nieces and nephews.