CASC Lumen Magazine_Spr 2021

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works should begin with the good God and end by leading to Him. We must not get so wrapped up in the good work of God that we neglect the God of good work. That means more attention to the interior life, to purity of motivation, to awareness of God’s grace in all our accomplishments, to a kindly manner that radiates the love of Christ.” These words are exemplary of the dedication that Murphy held to his work while firmly rooted in his priestly vocation. Murphy’s dedication transformed St. Thomas from a small liberal arts college to a comprehensive university during his time as president. According to a 2004 St. Thomas Newsroom story, during his tenure, St. Thomas: Became coeducational and a university Expanded its graduate programs from one to 13, including its first two doctorates Grew from 2,167 students to 9,120 students Increased its faculty and staff from 257 to 1,324 Increased its annual budget from $3.5 million to $84.4 million Opened three new campuses outside of St. Paul “He was an educational visionary and always grounded by the Catholic identity which so marks, and should mark, every Catholic university,” Archbishop Harry Flynn was quoted as saying in Murphy’s obituary. “I would call him the second founder of the university.” When he retired, Murphy had the longest tenure of any president in Minnesota. Thanks to the Monsignor Murphy Digital Archive, future leaders can learn from his success.

Matthew Bearth ‘14, CFP Financial planner, Box Financial Advisors Minneapolis

Lisa (Weier) Bearth ‘14 Homemaker and “Mommy” Crystal, Minnesota

Joseph Masek ’15 Executive director, Cana Family Institute St. Paul, Minnesota Jacob Mischke ’19 Financial advisor, Mischke Financial Group Eagan, Minnesota

Benjamin Nelson ’15 Co-owner and photographer, Katzie and Ben Photography St. Paul, Minnesota Katherine Nelson ’15 Co-owner and photographer, Katzie and Ben Photography St. Paul, Minnesota

James Olsen ’10 J.D., ’18 CSMA Owner, JTO Legal Services Stillwater, Minnesota

Benjamin Vasko ’14 Owner, Bright Web Design Twin Cities Metro Area

Kelsey Wanless ’11 Ambassador, Noonday Collection St. Paul, Minnesota

AdamWeinzetl ’17 Owner, JMJ Painters St. Paul, Minnesota

Erika Zabinski ’12 Editor and indexer, Minnesota Editor St. Paul, Minnesota

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