A day in the life of a 103-year-old Long Island nun – New York News

Sister Edward Joseph Murphy, 103, is one of four nuns among the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood who are more than 100 years old.


She attributes her physical and mental state to staying active and constant prayer.

“I don’t have a secret that anyone else wouldn’t have, but I do have a lot of contact with the Lord and his son Jesus and his mother Mary,” said Sister Murphy, who turns 104 on Oct. 31.

She entered the order on Sept. 8, 1932, at the age of 18.

She spent years teaching, served as an assistant mistress of novices at the order’s motherhouse in Brentwood, and later worked in parish outreach as Sacred Heart Parish in North Merrick. Years later, parishioners still come to visit her.

Here’s a look at a day in the life of Sister Murphy.

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Sister Murphy is bright-eyed on the morning of Tuesday, July 25, 2017. 

Murphy grew up in Belle Harbor, Queens. On the sands of the Rockaways, she developed her tradition of long walks and came to love the ocean. 

Sister Edward Joseph Murphy of the Sisters of

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Sister Murphy starts her day with prayer and reflection in the chapel at the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood. She often returns to the chapel at other times of the day.

Sister Edward Joseph Murphy of the Sisters of

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Most mornings, the nun and other sisters take part in a light exercise routine in a room on the motherhouse’s third floor. Watching a 30-minute video, they raise their arms,…

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