Professor, Religious Studies, Saint Mary’s University
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Terry Murphy is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and History at Saint Mary’s University. He holds a B.A. (Saint Mary’s, 1968), M.A. (Fordham, 1971) and Ph.D. (University of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1977). From 2001-2010, he served as Vice-President Academic and Research of Saint Mary’s. Previously, he was a member of the Department of Religious Studies in the Memorial University of Newfoundland (1975-2001) where he also served as Dean of Arts (1993-2001). He has served on numerous Boards, including the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs, and the Atlantic Metropolis Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration, Integration and Cultural Diversity, which he chaired from 2004 to 2013.
A specialist in the religious history of Canada, he is the co-author/co-editor of three books in this field: Religion and Identity: the Experience of Irish and Scottish Catholics in Atlantic Canada (Jesperson Press, 1987), Creed and Culture: the place of English-speaking Catholics in Canadian Society, 1750-1930, (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 1993) and A Concise History of Christianity in Canada, (Oxford University Press, 1996). In addition to these books, he has contributed a number of articles to Canadian and international academic journals and reference works. He is past editor and a long-time editorial board member of the Canadian Catholic Historical Society’s journal, Historical Studies, and the winner of the George Edward Clerk Award, awarded by the CCHA in 1997.
- Murphy, Terry. (1981). “James Jones and the Establishment of Roman Catholic Church Government in the Maritime Provinces.” CCHA Study Sessions: Vol 48, 26-42.
- Murphy, Terry. (1984). “The Emergence of Maritime Catholicism, 1781-1830.” Acadiensis: Vol 13, No. 2, 29-49.
- Murphy, Terry. (1987). “Priests, People and Polity: Trusteeism in the First Catholic Congregation at Halifax, 1785-1801.” In Religion and Identity: The Experience of Irish and Scottish Catholics in Atlantic Canada, T. Murphy and C.J. Byrne (eds.), pp. 68-80. St. John’s: Jesperson Press.
- Murphy, Terry. (1990). “Tridentine Institutions, Voluntary Associations, and Popular Religion Among the Irish Catholics of Atlantic Canada, 1750-1850.” InCanada Ieri E Oggi 2: Sezione Storica E Geografica, Massimo Rubboli and Franca Farnocchia Petri (eds.), pp. 99-114. Fasano: Schena Editore.
- Murphy, Terry. (1993). “Trusteeism in Atlantic Canada: The Struggle for Leadership Among the Irish Catholics of Halifax, St John's, and Saint John, 1780-1850.” In Creed and Culture: The Place of English-speaking Catholics in Canadian Society, 1750-1930, T. Murphy and G. Stortz (eds.), pp. 126-151. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press.
- Murphy, Terry. (1996). “Religion, Conflict and Consensus in the English-Speaking Colonies of British North America.” U.S. Catholic Historian: Vol. 14, No. 4, 25-38.