Franciscan Father Thomas K. Murphy, O.F.M. served as the Regional Spiritual Assistant for more than 800 members of the Secular Franciscan Order within the 40 fraternities of the Five Franciscan Martyrs Region in Florida, South Georgia, and Lower Alabama from 1991 through 2013. He was born in Arlington, Massachusetts, attended public schools and Immaculate Conception Church there, and graduated from Boston College with a degree in Economics.
He continued his studies at Boston College while teaching part-time in the Arlington, Massachusetts Public School system. In 1952 he entered the Franciscan Novitiate in Paterson, New Jersey, was professed in the Order of Friars Minor, Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus (New York, NY) in 1953, and was ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1958 in Washington, D.C. He taught Latin, French, religion and mathematics at the Franciscan Minor Seminary in Callicoon, New York.