Coronavirus claims retired NY priest weeks after killing his successor

By The Christian Post

Monsignor Joseph Murphy (L) and Monsignor Richard J. Guastella (R) both died after battling the coronavirus after serving as pastors at St. Clare’s R.C. Church in Great Kills, Staten Island, NY. | St. Clare RC Church

NEW YORK — St. Clare’s R.C. Church in Great Kills on Staten Island announced the loss of Pastor Emeritus Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy to the coronavirus on Saturday, just over a month after the virus killed his successor. He was 91.

“It is with a very heavy heart that we share with you that our beloved Pastor Emeritus, Msgr. Joseph P. Murphy, affectionately known as Monsignor, has returned to the Lord,” the church said in a statement on their website.

Murphy’s death came two days after he celebrated his 66th anniversary of priestly ordination.

Source:The Christian Post