Lawrence Murphy Chronology
November 11, 1925 – Lawrence Murphy born.
May 27, 1950 -- Ordained to the priesthood.
July 1, 1963 – Appointed Director of St. John School for the Deaf.
Fall 1973 – Abuse is reported to the Milwaukee Police Department, who turn the report over to the St. Francis Police Department. No charges are filed.
Fall 1973 -- Allegations are brought to Archbishop Cousins.
May 18, 1974 – Murphy removed as director of St. John’s School for the Deaf, but remains as fundraiser and alumni director.
Summer 1974 – Completely removed from any role at St. John’s.
August 1974 – A series of newspaper articles in the Milwaukee Sentinel report on Murphy’s removal and of allegations.
September 1974 – Relocates to a family home in Boulder Junction, Wis., in the Diocese of Superior.
Fall 1974 – Murphy allegations reviewed by Deputy District Attorney.
September 12, 1974 – Placed on temporary sick leave.
1975 – A civil lawsuit is filed against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee about Murphy. The lawsuit is resolved in 1976.
October 29, 1975 – Letter from Archdiocese of Milwaukee acknowledges his informal assignment in Boulder Junction.
November 10, 1975 – Leave of absence extended.
September 1976 – Counseling paid for by Archdiocese of Milwaukee for a Murphy victim-survivor who came forward.
July 1980 – Bishop of Superior writes the Archdiocese of Milwaukee with information that Murphy is assisting in three parishes in the Superior diocese.
September 15, 1981 – Chancellor of Archdiocese of Milwaukee writes Bishop of Superior asking him to consider taking Murphy as a priest of Superior.
June 1986 – Letter from archdiocese to Murphy extends his term at Boulder Junction parish for six years.
January 1993 – Murphy’s request for retirement is accepted.
Fall 1993 – After meeting with victims who have come forward, Archbishop Weakland reinstates restrictions on Murphy.
October 1993 – Murphy’s actions are publicly acknowledged at a day of reflection sponsored by the archdiocese. Further victims are asked to come forward.
November 1993 – Restrictions on Murphy are reinforced.
December 1993 – A series of meetings and listening sessions are held with Murphy victims.
December 1993 – Murphy self-reports sexual contact with students from St. John’s between 1952 and 1974.
Winter 1994 – Further communication is sent to the deaf community regarding Murphy and asks for the community’s assistance. A special treatment group is set up for victim’s by Catholic Social Services and individual therapy is offered.
Early 1995 – Canonical proceedings begin against Murphy to impose laicization.
December 1995 – A healing service for victims of clergy sexual abuse is held at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.
July 1998 – Restrictions are repeated and reinforced.
August 21, 1998 – Murphy dies.