Corpus Christi Catholic Church   
Established 1975    Diocese of St. Augustine    
Father Edward Murphy,  Pastor of Corpus Christi Catholic Church 

Fr. Murphy was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He is one of five children and attended Catholic parochial schools. Fr. Murphy graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in 1977. In 1983 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Christendom College, a small Catholic liberal arts college in northern Virginia. For a year, Fr. Murphy worked in banking and retail before entering the seminary. He went to St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana and St. Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Florida where he earned a Masters of Art in Theology summa cum laude and a Masters of Divinity cum laude. He was ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral-Basilica in St. Augustine on May 9th, 1992. Previous to his assignment at the basilica, Fr. Murphy served the following parishes in the diocese: St. Patrick Church (Gainesville), St. William Church (Keystone Heights), St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church (Palm Coast), Assumption Church (Jacksonville), and St. Madeleine Church (High Springs) along with San Juan Mission (Branford) and the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Jacksonville).
Father Murphy currently serves as the director of the Courage and Encourage ministries of the Diocese of St. Augustine which addresses the issue of men and women with same-sex inclinations and their loved ones.  He is the chaplain of Catholics in Recovery, a faith based support organization for men and women with alcohol and drug addictions.  Also, Fr. Murphy serves as the spiritual director for the Legion of Mary in the diocese.  In addition, he sits on the board for Family for Life, a pro-life organization in the North Florida area.
Contact Details

Rev. Edward Murphy

(904) 797-4842
[email protected]


                   Mailing address: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6175 Datil Pepper Road, St Augustine, FL 32086

Office Phone 904-797-4842   *   Fax (904)797-2746 * email  [email protected]


Parish Founding

Prior to its establishment as a parish, Corpus Christi was a mission station of St. Ambrose parish in Elkton. In June of 1976, the small mission was honored to welcome Bishop Paul F. Tanner  to celebrate the Mass of the Feast of Corpus Christi at the mission church.

Bishop Tanner was impressed with the rapid growth of the area and the deep spirituality of its Catholics. Consequently, Bishop Tanner established Corpus Christi as a parish on Nov.14, 1977. Father William C. Mooney was appointed administrator of the parish in 1977.  That same year, Father Mooney rented a garage on Phoenetia Drive in St. Augustine Shores so that daily Mass could be celebrated. The rent was paid by a group of parishioners each month." It was very cold in the winter and very hot in the summer," said Father Mooney. Adding" In all its simplicity, with the rafters clearly visible, it reminded one of the stable at Bethlehem."The next location for Mass was a card room followed by the pool room at the Riverview Club in St. Augustine Shores. Eventually Mass was said in the main hall of the Riverview Club. "In circumstances such as these, one had to be very flexible," said Father Mooney. On one occasion, he noted that" the props for Murder in the Cathedral, the story of St. Thomas Becket, were set up in the main hall. I put the perplexed manager of the club at ease by assuring him we would adjust to the circumstances. As I said Mass against the back drop of the props for  murder in the Cathedral, I prayed that history would not be repeated!" said Father Mooney.

Father Mooney, known widely for his pastoral sensibilities, began a parish council under the leadership of Richard Waler as president. He also started classes in catechesis and programs for youth. Additionally, the parish has reached out to the retired members of the parish, many of whom have relocated to St. Augustine Shores from the heavily populated Catholic areas of the Northeast. In 1980, Father Mooney was appointed pastor. As a mark of the community's zeal and Christian cooperation, the permanent church was dedicated by Bishop John J. Snyder on April 30, 1981 .The fan shaped church has a peaked ceiling at the end of the nave and is decorated by Italian linden wood statuary. Prior to building an administration building on church grounds, two borrowed homes and two rented houses were used. Father Mooney, with a little tongue-in-cheek wit, would say to his parishioners, "I know we are a pilgrim church, but are we not over doing it?"  Marian Hall was completed in 1999. 

Father Mooney retired from Corpus Christi Catholic Church in July 2017. With heartfelt love and thanks, the Parish  wishes Fr. Mooney the very best... Peace Be With You.
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