Biography - Most Rev. Murphy Pakiam

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The Most Rev. Tan Sri Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam, DD; PSM PJN is the third archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Murphy was born in Tapah in 1938 on the feast of St. Nicholas. Named after a well-known Jesuit priest in Loyola College in Madras, the young Murphy received his early education in Sultan Yusuf School in Batu Gajah.

He entered the minor seminary in 1955 and 3 years later moved to College General in Penang for his priestly formation.

He was ordained on May 10 1964 and served as assistant priest at St. Louis Church, Taiping. He was subsequently posted to St. Francis Xavier’s parish in Penang in 1965 and then to Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, Silibin in Ipoh in 1967. In 1970 he became parish priest. He completed his studies in Masters in Moral Theology in Rome and upon his return in 1974, he became a lecturer in College General and four years later was appointed Rector in 1978. After two terms as Rector he left in 1989 for Manila to do a Masters in Guidance and Counselling and on his return was appointed parish priest of the Church of Nativity, Butterworth.

Two of the subjects closest to his heart are family life and social justice. St. John's Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur is the seat of Archbishop Murphy, and the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur.