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William Murphy's ordination photo. (1964) (Credit: Handout)

William Murphy's ordination photo. (1964)

Bishop William Murphy through the years

Bishop William Murphy has cultivated a legion of devoted followers while at the same time generating fierce opposition and criticism.

William Murphy's ordination photo. (1964)
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William Murphy's ordination photo. (1964)

Cardinal Bernard F. Law holds the Book of
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Cardinal Bernard F. Law holds the Book of Gospels over William Murphy's head during his installation as bishop. (January 1996)

Installation for Most Rev. William F. Murphy as
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Installation for Most Rev. William F. Murphy as the Bishop of Rockville Centre. (Sept. 5, 2001)

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Bishop William Murphy addresses the congregation of Our
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Bishop William Murphy addresses the congregation of Our Lady of the Assumption in Copiague during a Mass to celebrate the parish's 75th anniversary. (Aug. 15, 2004)

Bishop William Murphy smiles as he sits on
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Bishop William Murphy smiles as he sits on the floor with children and watches a film made to celebrate Pope John Paul II's life, at the Parrish center of St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre before a youth Mass said for the pope (April 7, 2005)

Bishop William Murphy prays during a Jubilee Mass
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Bishop William Murphy prays during a Jubilee Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Rockville Centrer. (June 3, 2007)

Bishop William Murphy leads a prayer during a
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Bishop William Murphy leads a prayer during a Jubilee Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. (June 3, 2007)

Bishop William Murphy greets parishoners after saying Palm
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Bishop William Murphy greets parishoners after saying Palm Sunday Mass at St. Martha's R.C. Church in Uniondale. (March 27, 2010)

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Bishop William Murphy speaks about the beatification of
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Bishop William Murphy speaks about the beatification of Pope John Paul II during Mass at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. (May 1, 2011)

Bishop William Murphy at St. Agnes Cathedral in
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Bishop William Murphy at St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre. (May 1, 2011)

Bishop William Murphy, center, presides over an Ordination
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Bishop William Murphy, center, presides over an Ordination to the Diaconate ceremony as the ordinands, the men who are to be ordained, sit before him at Saint Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, NY. (May 13, 2011)

William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville
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William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. (Sept. 4, 2002)

William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville
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William Murphy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. (Sept. 4, 2002)

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Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years
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Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years as head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. (Sept. 20, 2011)

Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years
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Bishop William F. Murphy discusses his 10 years as head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Murphy is the fourth bishop of the diocese. (Sept. 20, 2011)

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