Rev. William J. Murphy, S.J., President of Saint Ignatius High School, will leave at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year to take the next steps toward tertianship and a new ministry.
Tertianship refers to the period of preparation for final vows in the Society of Jesus. During this time the Jesuit studies the foundational documents of the Society of Jesus, makes the 30-day silent retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises, and spends time in active ministry among the poor.
After the tertianship period, the Jesuit is invited to pronounce final vows.
"On behalf of the Chicago-Detroit Jesuits, I want to commend and thank Fr. Murphy for his excellent leadership," says V. Rev. Brian Paulson, S.J., Provincial of the Chicago-Detroit Province. "Both as a priest and as a skilled administrator, Fr. Murphy has advanced the storied mission of this great school in a myriad of ways."
Fr. Murphy is in his sixth year as president of the Jesuit high school in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood.
Under his leadership, the school successfully completed the implementation of a three-year strategic plan with the next plan already underway.
For four consecutive years, Saint Ignatius garnered the honor as one of Cleveland's top workplaces. The school is thriving and admissions goals have been exceeded.
"I want to express my deep and sincere gratitude to Fr. Bill Murphy for his leadership, vision and extraordinary efforts in leading Saint Ignatius High School," says Michael Frantz, Chair of the Saint Ignatius High School Board of Regents. "He has skillfully and lovingly guided the school's mission of faith formation and commitment to academic excellence. The entire board and I are grateful for his work and are honored to support him as he makes the next steps in his priestly vocation."
"While I await whatever God has in store for me, it will be difficult to leave a community I have come to love," says Fr. Murphy. "I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder with the entire Saint Ignatius community throughout this academic year."