Sister Paul St. Katherine Murphy

Sister Paul was born Cornelia Ann Murphy in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to parents Cornelius and Nora Veronica (Duggan) Murphy. There were six children in her family, and of them one become a bishop, one a doctor and three became teachers. She met the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur when she attended Notre Dame Academy in Roxbury, Mass., graduating in 1961.

Sister Paul entered the congregation at Waltham, Mass. the summer after high school graduation. Her first teaching assignment was in Danvers, Massachusetts.

During the Juniorate at Wenham, she attended Emmanuel College. Then she was missioned to Salem, New Hampshire, where she spent many years before being transferred to Andover, Mass. At St. Augustine School she first taught middle grades and later uunior high for a total of 39 years!

Sister Paul was an wonderful math teacher who was dedicated to her students. She enjoyed walking and riding her bike all over Andover.

Sister Paul St. Katherine's Ministries

1963-63 St. Mary School Danvers, Mass.
1966-79 St. Joseph Regional School, Salem, New Hampshire
1979-2018 St. Augustine School, Andover, Mass.

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  1. Sister Paul! I sincerely hope this message finds you well and in good spirits. My name is George Lentz and I was a student of yours at St. Augustine School. I graduated in 1982. I am still very good friends with Eric Pitocchelli and Paul Mooradian. I can't imagine you remember me but I was recently home in Andover (I live in NY now) visiting my parents and drove by my old school. Immediately thought of you as you were my favorite teacher (am I allowed to say that?!?). Thank you so much for all you did for me, especially with my struggles in math! I graduated from Central Catholic then UMass Amherst. I work in the television industry as Programming executive. I have two children, Mackenzie, 19 and Jack, 22. I'm 53 now and so very thankful for my brief two years at St. Augustine. It changed my life in so many positive ways.

    Please say to Sister Kathleen, Sister Rita and Sister Judy Cooper (she was psychology teacher at Central) for me!

    Thank you so much and god bless.

    Best regards,
    George Lentz

    1. Thank you for your very nice message for Sister, George! I have forwarded your message to her, including your email address, which I removed from what is shown publicly.

      (for the Sisters)

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