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SNAP - Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests - Tennessee
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James W. Murphy

Father James William Murphy Jr. Born Sept. 12, 1922; ordained April 3, 1948 in Memphis; died Oct. 11, 2016.


SNAP of Tennessee does not have access to the Official Catholic Directory for years 1948 to 1954

1955   St.Thomas Aquinas, Cookeville, TN

1956   St.Thomas Aquinas, Cookeville, TN

1957   St.Thomas Aquinas, Cookeville, TN

1958   St.Thomas Aquinas, Cookeville, TN

1959   Immaculate Conception Union City, TN

1960   Immaculate Conception Union City, TN

1961    Immaculate Conception Union City, TN

1962    Immaculate Conception Union City, TN

1963    Immaculate Conception Union City, TN

1964    St. Anthony of Padua, Memphis

1965    St. Anthony of Padua, Memphis

1966    St. Anthony of Padua, Memphis

1967    Our Lady of Fatima,  Alcoa, TN

1968    Our Lady of Fatima,  Alcoa, TN

1969     St. James, Memphis

1970    St. James, Memphis

1971    St. James, Memphis

1972    St. James, Memphis

1973    St. James, Memphis

1974    St. James, Memphis

1975    Our Lady of Sorrows Memphis

1977    Our Lady of Sorrows Memphis

1978    Our Lady of Sorrows Memphis

1979    Our Lady of Sorrows Memphis

1980    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1981    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1982    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   Baptist Hospital, chaplain for out of town Catholics   

1983    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   Baptist Hospital, chaplain for out of town Catholics  No residence listed

1984    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   Baptist Hospital, Chaplain for out of town Catholics  In residence at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conceptioin, Memphis

1985    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   Baptist Hospital, Chaplain for out of town Catholics  In residence at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Memphis

1986    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   In residence at Sacred Heart, Memphis

1987    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   In residence at Sacred Heart Church, Memphis

1988    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis   In residence at Sacred Heart, Memphis

1989    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1990    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1991    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1992    Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1993    Murphy James W Brothers' Chaplain at Christian Brothers College  Memphis

1994    ?

1995    Retired:  15525 St. Croix Trail N., Marine-On-St.-Croix, MN  55047

1996    Retired:  15525 St. Croix Trail N., Marine-On-St.-Croix, MN  55047

1997    Retired:  Mainstreet Lodge, 909 Mainstreet, N.E., Minneapolis, MN  55413

1998    Mainstreet Lodge, 909 Mainstreet, N.E., #308 Minneapolis, MN  55413

1999    Retired:  Mainstreet Lodge, 909 Mainstreet, N.E., #308 Minneapolis, MN  55413

2000    Retired:  Mainstreet Lodge, 909 Mainstreet, N.E., #308 Minneapolis, MN  55413

2001    Retired:  Ava Maria Home, 2805 Charles Bryan Road, Memphis, TN  38134

2002    Retired:  Ava Maria Home, 2805 Charles Bryan Road, Memphis, TN  38134

2003   Retired, 950 Cherry Road, #210 Memphis

2004   Retired, 950 Cherry Road, #210 Memphis


SNAP of Tennessee does not have access to the OCD from 2005 - 2016 when Murphy died.  At some point, Villa Vianney, Senior Priests Residence was built in the Diocese of Memphis and Murphy lived there until his death.  

Press Releases from the press conferences across Tennessee with Mike Hitch and his brother, Father David Hitch

Tennessee priest implicated with Janssen! Four survivors/victims give their stories in documents from trial in Iowa.  James W. Murphy, who has served across the entire state of Tennessee, is a retired priest of the Memphis Diocese. Murphy is pictured on the left with William Janssen (Murphy in black on the left; Janssen on the right).  

A former priest, Janssen has been ordered to pay $1.86 million in case settled in Iowa on Monday, May 10, 2005. Link to this story may be found here

The staff of BishopAccountability.org has a complete service history and complete documentation from the Iowa trial.  Click here for the information.


If you are overwhelmed with all the information from the Iowa trial,click here for bits and pieces from the documents from the Iowa trial that pertain specifically to Murphy. 


Pictures provided to SNAP of Tennessee by one of the victims of Murphy and Janssen, Mike Hitch.   


The picture on the left was taken during the 1967 trip to Florida mentioned in documents found in their entirety at this link on BishopAccountability.org.  Two teen boys pictures were cropped from this picture taken in the Smoky Mountains.  Note that Murphy was stationed at Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa during this time frame.  See full information at www.bishop-accountability.com

James W. Murphy
Posted November 2005

  • Did you know that there was a priest sex abuse case in Iowa in which this Tennessee priest was named in three depositions
  • Did you know that the diocese of Memphis has had communications with the diocese of Davenport, Iowa, regarding this case a year ago
  • Did you know that this priest started out as a priest of the diocese of Nashville and ended up as a priest of thediocese of Memphis?
  • Did you know that this priest was assigned for two years in East Tennessee in Alcoa and that this city is part of thediocese of Knoxville
  • Did you know that SNAP of Tennessee met with Bishop Joseph Kurtz of the diocese of Knoxville on May 4, 2005, and asked him to cross-reference with Nashville and Memphis to find out about James W. Murphy?  Did you know that SNAP asked Bishop Kurtz to tell the people of the diocese of Knoxville that a priest with allegations had been in his diocese?  Did you know that he told us he would only "do what is required by the norms"? (Apparently, then  it is not "required" to tell the people of Tennessee about sex-offending priests who have been in their parishes.)
  • Did you know that there has been communication between the diocese of Memphis and the victims in Iowa for over a year? 
  • Did you know that one of the victims came to Tennessee in November 2005 and spoke out in Knoxville, Nashville, and Memphis asking that the people of Tennessee be told about this sex-offending priest? 
  • Did you know that the Bishop J. Terry Steib has been in receipt of information concerning Murphy as have numerous officials of the diocese and the diocesean review board?  Did you know that this communication equals about 30 pages of information?
  • Did you know that the NONE of the three Tennessee dioceses have acted on this information to tell the people in their churches of the people in their communities?
Murphy trafficked abuse victims across state lines.  Bishop Steib (Memphis), Bishop Kurtz (Knoxville) and Father Choby (Nashville) apparently want to hide another secret sex-offending priest.