Fr. Austin Murphy, O.S.B., 36, becomes new chancellor of Benedictine University

Fr. Austin Murphy, O.S.B., 36, becomes new chancellor of Benedictine University
June 28, 2010

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6282010_abbotelection3webjpgFr. Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., was looking forward to completing his doctorate in theology at the University of Notre Dame and teaching in the Religious Studies department at Benedictine University. But those plans have been put on hold.

On June 24, the monks of St. Procopius Abbey elected Murphy their 10th Abbot. He succeeds Abbot Dismas Kalcic, O.S.B., who has retired. As abbot of St. Procopius Abbey, Fr. Murphy will also serve as Chancellor of Benedictine University.

“We are excited and pleased with the election of Abbot Austin,” said William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. “This marks a new beginning for St. Procopius Abbey. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and the monks of St. Procopius.” 

Fr. Murphy was born Gregory Murphy on March 25, 1974 in Huntingdon, N.Y. He attended high school in New York and began studies in economics at the University of Chicago in 1992. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics in December 1995, he entered St. Procopius Abbey the following June and professed vows on September 6, 1997.

While studying philosophy at Benedictine University, he also taught mathematics part-time at Benet Academy from 1997-2000. He then began theology courses at the Dominican House of Studies, earning a master of arts in theology in 2003 and a master’s of divinity and a Sacrae Theologiae Baccalaureus (Bachelor of Sacred Theology) in 2004.  

On July 3, 2004, he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Daniel Kucera, O.S.B., fifth Abbot of St. Procopius Abbey. He then was appointed campus minister and religion teacher at Benet Academy where he served until 2006.