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Paul J. Murdock


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Paul J. Murdock Obituary
Norwich - Reverend Paul J. Murdock, pastor of Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Middletown, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

A much beloved diocesan priest, Father Murdock died on the Solemnity of All Saints, a day of honor for those who faithfully dedicated their lives to Christ and have been called home to heaven. Father Murdock was 72. Father Paul J. Murdock was born in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., May 29, 1942, son of the late Paul and June Murdock.

In 1964, he earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Boston College, and in 1969, a master's degree in philosophy also from Boston College. In 1971, he began his theology studies at the Weston School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., where he would receive his master's degree in divinity in 1974. Father Murdock was ordained a priest on April 26, 1975, in Blessed Sacrament Church, Cambridge, by Bishop Joseph J. Ruocco. It was in March 1982, that Father Paul joined the Diocese of Norwich as chaplain at St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich. That same year, Father Murdock became the associate pastor at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Norwich, while continuing his role as chaplain at St. Vincent de Paul Place. During the period 1990 - 1996, Father Paul would serve as parochial vicar at All Hallows Church in Moosup and subsequently as pastor of Saint Matthew in Tolland. He also worked as a substance abuse counselor at the Stonington Institute at that time.

On Aug. 1, 1996, Father Murdock, who was fluent in several languages including Spanish, was appointed pastor of Sagrado Corazon de Jesus Parish in Windham, where he served the Hispanic community for sixteen years. Father Murdock is fondly remembered by all who knew him as a compassionate servant of the Lord who lifted lives everywhere he served. He was a priest of the people.

He is survived by his two brothers, Michael and Timothy Murdock; five sisters, Deborah Dean, Sarah Murdock, Sheila BeVille, Francine "Simmy" Murdock and Sandra Mosher; also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, Elm Street, Middletown, by the Most Reverend Michael R. Cote, Bishop of Norwich. The vigil for Father Murdock, with reception at the Church, will take place at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Father Murdock's body will lie in state at Saint Francis of Assisi Church from 3 p.m. until the time of the parish mass Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. The parish mass will be celebrated for his repose at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Saint Francis of Assisi Church. Burial will follow the funeral mass on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in the priests' plot of Saint Joseph Cemetery, Boswell Avenue, Norwich.

Biega Funeral Home, Middletown, has care of the arrangements.

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Published in The Day on Nov. 9, 2014
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