Brother Denis Murphy, FSC

Brother Denis Frank Murphy, 86, died December 15, 2017 at Alexian Brothers Hospice Home in Elk Grove Village, IL. A De La Salle Christian Brother for 66 years, he was born Frank J. Murphy in Chicago, son of Frank and Thelma (Lacourciere) Murphy. He graduated from St. George H.S. in Evanston, and earned a BA and a MA from Saint Mary’s College, Winona, MN. Entered the novitiate of the Christian Brothers in 1951 in Glencoe, MO, and professed his first vows in 1952. Later he earned a MSW from the University of Illinois Chicago and a MRE from Loyola University Chicago. As an educator he taught in schools in Minneapolis and in Addison and Westchester, IL, and at universities in Romeoville, IL, Winona, MN, and Bethlehem, Palestine. Brother Denis worked at Catholic Worker Houses in Winona, MN; Santa Fe, NM; Chicago; and Albuquerque, NM. In 1990 he founded Su Casa Catholic Worker (Chicago), in 2001 he co-founded De La Salle Blackfeet (Browning, MT), and in 2002 he co-founded the Brother David Darst Center (Chicago) in collaboration with Thomas and Claudia Thomas and with contributions from the Sisters of Mercy. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, January 20, at 11:00 am at Sancta Alberta Chapel at Lewis University, Romeoville. Survivors include his sisters, Sister Pat Murphy, RSM, of Illinois and Thelma Finney of Indiana, and his brothers, Charles of Connecticut and Michael of Oregon, and the De La Salle Christian Brothers. 


Memorials may be made to Brother David Darst Center, 2834 South Normal Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616, or Su Casa Catholic Worker, 5045 South Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60609.


DeLaSalle H.S., Minneapolis, MN                 1955-1958
Holy Name H.S., Escanaba, MI                      1958-1961
St. Joseph H.S., Westchester, IL                    1961-1966
Driscoll Catholic H.S., Addison, IL                1966-1974
St. John’s Community, Chicago, IL                1974-1978
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL                    1978-1982
Bethlehem University, Palestine                   1983-1986
De La Salle H.S., Chicago, IL                         1986-1990
Su Casa Center, Chicago, IL                           1990-1999
Catholic Worker, Winona, MN                       2000-2002
Brother David Darst Center, Chicago, IL       2002-2003
Sangre de Cristo Center, Santa Fe, NM        2003-2004
Su Casa Center, Chicago, IL                           2004-2012
Casa Milagro, San Diego, CA                         2012-2013
Benilde Community, Chicago, IL                   2013-2013
Trinity House, Albuquerque, NM                   2013-2017
Resurrection Community, Chicago, IL           2017-2017