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Father Frank Murray
September 26th, 2016

Father Frank Murray, longtime chaplain to the Italian Catholic Federation of San Francisco, died Sept. 18 at Nazareth House in San Rafael. He was 88 years old and a priest for 63 years. His spiritual guidance to the ICF goes as far back as far as 1958.

Born in San Francisco Father Murray was baptized at St. Paul Church attending St. Paul School later entering St. Joseph College Seminary in Mountain View and St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park. He was ordained to the priesthood Jan. 24, 1953, by Archbishop John J. Mitty.

One of his first ministries was chaplaincy in the U.S. Army Reserve.

“This unusually fine priest and Army Reserve chaplain consistently demonstrated exceptional interest in the spiritual, moral and temporal welfare of reserve military personnel,” Father Murray’s Army superiors wrote to the archdiocese.

Father Murray served at parishes including San Francisco’s St. Emydius and St. Kevin Parish in Bernal Heights.

Father Murray retired in 1999 moving to Nazareth House in 2015.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Oct. 1, 11 a.m., St. Catherine of Siena Church, Bayswater Avenue and El Camino Real, Burlingame.

Remembrances may be made to the Priests’ Retirement Fund, One Peter Yorke Way, San Francisco 94109.

From September 29, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.


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