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Brother Aidan's Extracts

RAPHAEL, BROTHER (Richard Murphy, died Jan. 2, 1879)

"Brother Raphael is appointed prefect of the Seniors' play yard."

-- Local Council 1865.

"Brother Raphael (Murphy) died at Notre Dame, Jan.. 2, 1879. Brother Raphael, Richard Murphy, aged 26 years. He was for many years pressman in the Notre Dame "Scholastic" and the "Ave Maria" printing offices, where he earned the esteem of all with whom he came in contact by his faithfulness and devotion. The deceased was taken ill with consumption and during the summer was compelled to relinquish his work. Perfectly resigned to die, he awaited his end with resignation to the will of God, and, fortified with the last Sacraments of the Church, he calmly breathed forth his soul at 10:00 on the morning of the 22nd. His death, a great loss to the establishment, is his great gain. May his soul rest in peace!"

-- Scholastic, Jan. 4, 1879.

"Brother Raphael, died at 10:00 on the morning of January 2nd, at the Professed House, Notre Dame; Brother Raphael (in the world, Richard Murphy, a native of Bantry County, Cork, Ireland) after a long illness borne with an admirable spirit of faith and piety. He was in the 26th year of his age, and was received into the Congregation of Holy Cross on December 8th, 1873, and made the Religious Profession on April 21, 1878. He died in sentiments of perfect resignation to the holy will of God, and strengthened by the consoling Divine Religion. For several years Brother Raphael had been employed in the 'Ave Maria' office as a pressman, and his example of zeal and devotedness will long be remembered.

Every reader of the 'Ave Maria' ought to offer a prayer for his eternal repose."

-- Ave Maria. 14:40 1879.

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