Former Hendricken chaplains receive national, international assignments

PROVIDENCE, RI / WASHINGTON, DC (February 2, 2024) – Bishop Hendricken High School proudly congratulates two of its former chaplains on their new, prestigious assignments. Fr. Christopher Murphy H’19 has been appointed as Spiritual Director for the Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome, while Fr. Marcel Taillon H’00 will begin his new ministry as Interim Vocations Director for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).

Fr. Murphy served as chaplain of Bishop Hendricken from 2012-2019. Currently serving as the Rector of the Our Lady of Providence Seminary (OLP) in Providence, Fr. Murphy will begin his new assignment in Rome this July, and will be replaced at OLP by Fr. Ryan Connors ’01. In his new role as Spiritual Director for the NAC, Fr. Murphy will educate seminarians from the United States for their advanced degree and Ordination. Fr. Murphy will serve as an advisor and guide for young men preparing for parochial duties in dioceses throughout the U.S., and thus, help to form the next generation of American priests.

Fr. Taillon served as chaplain of Bishop Hendricken from 1997-2007. Currently serving as Pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Narragansett, he will begin his new assignment in Washington, DC this April. As Interim Vocations Director for AMS, Fr. Taillon will recruit military members discerning a vocation to the priesthood as part of the largest diocese in the world. His ministry will directly serve all military members, their families, and all Veterans hospitals.

“We are very proud of these men who have dedicated their lives to the service of the Church,” said Fr. Robert L. Marciano, KHS ’75, President. “We reflect with gratitude on the great work they did while here with us as dedicated and well-loved chaplains. I assured them that our Bishop Hendricken prayers go with them in their duties across the globe. Hendricken men, such as Fr. Murphy and Fr. Taillon, make a difference for faith, family, and goodness.”

To read the full story on Fr. Murphy’s new assignment from the Rhode Island Catholic, click here. To read the full release on Fr. Taillon’s new assignment, click here.


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