Born Denis Murphy on September 28, 1895 in South Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of Cornelius and Bridget Murphy. He served in the military during World War I and then decided to enter the Passionists. He professed his vows on July 21, 1921. His religious name was John. For many years he was a cook for the Jamaica, New York retreat house and infirmarian and tailor for the monastery. In 1945 his health began to fail and he was relieved of those duties.
September 28, 1895
July 21, 1921
May 20, 1961
John of the Blessed Sacrament Murphy