Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy

Monsignor Terrence J. Murphy, 1920-2004, served the University of St. Thomas for 50 years, including 25 years as its president. Murphy was the university's chancellor when he died in February of 2004.

Since I've recently posted a number of art objects I found on the St. Paul campus, I think I should tell you a bit more about the school. The following is from the Wiki website:

"The University of Saint Thomas (also known as UST or simply St. Thomas) is a coeducational archdiocesan Roman Catholic institution of higher learning based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Founded in 1885 as a Catholic seminary, it is named after St. Thomas Aquinas, a medieval Catholic theologian and philosopher who is the patron saint of learners in the Roman Catholic Church. Now a university with four campuses (St. Paul, Minneapolis, Owatonna in Minnesota, and Rome, Italy), it currently enrolls more than 11,000 students, making it Minnesota's largest independent college or university." To learn some fascinating history about this institution, click here.


  1. He looks like a gentle soul, which is quite remarkable given that he's in stone there.

    You asked what I have been doing with the photos. I've been playing around with over and under saturating them, upping the contrast or removing the color, just playing. There's no color outside these days anyway so I figure I might as well have fun with some rather dreary looking photos.

  2. Anonymous4:45 AM

    Interesting post, Kate. I like the sculpture too.

    Are you staying warm? It was foggy here yesterday and the hawks were soaked flying through it. I got a lot of pictures of them. Over 600.

  3. belle statue, j'aime bien ton gros plan. Il y a beaucoup de statue dans ta ville et c'est superbe

    A beautiful statue, I like your close-up. There are many statue in your town and it is superb

  4. Very nice composition of the bust, Kate. It's a bit odd to see the head tilted back, but it certainly gets your attention!

  5. It's great to see the school honoring his decades of service.

  6. I agree with Annie, the statue seems to depict him as a gentle soul. Thanks for all the information.

  7. Thanks for posting the info on the school A friend of mine from high school went there ages ago. I think he stayed in the St. Paul area, but I'm not sure. . . .

  8. Interesting angle to do a profile of the Monsignor and not head on. I bet lots of people just walk by statues and not even notice them. Thanks for noticing.

  9. Hi Kate,

    I'm off to Central America (finally! - we had to postpone this trip twice this year!). I'll be back in town mid Jan.

    May you and your lovely family have the merriest Christmas and a very happy and promising New Year!


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