Principal Jeff Guzman has announced that longtime Junipero Serra High School religion teacher, Paul Murphy, as the new director of campus ministry. Murphy will be tasked with continuing an environment that encourages and guides all members within the Serra Family to contribute to the Catholic identity of the campus, and to help form a faith community that responds to the needs of Cavalier students, teachers, staff and parents.
"I am excited for the impact Mr. Murphy will have on our Serra community. Paul's spiritual maturity, personal nature and love for Serra will shine bright," said Guzman.
The popular Murphy has been a fixture on Serra's campus for over seven years holding roles of religion teacher (seven years), Christian service coordinator (five years), and audio/visual coordinator (seven years).
Murphy's appreciation for being part of the Serra Family is evident. "I think I've found my home," said Murphy.
Murphy's vision for Serra students, faculty and staff is to continue to have a daily conversation centered around God, and to understand how He is working through each of us on good days, bad days and everything in between.
Murphy noted, "Being part of Serra is a unique and special experience. My goal is for our students to use what they've learned, go out into the world and meet people where they are at. Sometimes God is most revealed by how we interact with each other."
In collaboration with Serra's administration, school chaplain, and neighboring parishes, Murphy will bring to life the school’s charism, spiritual growth, prayer, discipleship, sacramental experiences, social justice, and prepare leaders for service within the Church and in society.
Prior to Serra, Murphy was a vice president for Bank of America for 18 years, and coordinated youth ministry and Confirmation at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in the city of Paramount for seven years.