The Pooler Catholic Community is a young and vibrant community of faithful currently operating as a “worship site” in the Diocese of Savannah. Led by our Pastor, Fr. Thomas J. Murphy, the “PCC” was founded on May 2, 2015 with our first Mass being held in humble beginnings in a rented space at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Bishop Gregory John Hartmayer responded to the call of the people of Pooler, Georgia to “test the waters” in the growing city of Pooler, GA and allowed the celebration of Mass in the community in West Chatham County, less than ten miles from the heart of Savannah, Georgia.
Within six months of its inception, Bishop Hartmayer visited the congregation, announcing the Pooler Catholic Community would begin work to build a new church. The news led to church plans being contracted and the people of Pooler establishing a building fund to make the dream of a Catholic Church in the City of Pooler, GA a reality. Land on Benton Blvd., previously purchased by the Diocese of Savannah, was established as the new location for the westside church. The church continues to work to make this dream a reality. Currently, a building drive is ongoing and the people of the PCC continue to donate to fund the new church to be built on Benton Boulevard in the heart of a growing Pooler, Georgia just minutes from downtown Savannah.
Fr. Thomas J. Murphy (Fr. Tom) is the first Pastor of the Pooler Catholic Community and also serves as the Pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Port Wentworth, Georgia.
A Savannah native, Fr. Tom graduated from Benedictine Military Academy ( BC Class of 1975). He graduated from Armstrong State University in 1979 with a Business Degree and worked several years in law enforcement before entering Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland in 1983.
Fr. Tom graduated from Mt. Saint Mary's Seminary with a Bachelor's Degree in Theology, a Master's Degree in Theology and a Masters in History with emphasis on the Catholic Missions throughout the country. He was ordained to the sacred priesthood in June 1987 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and held his first Mass the following day at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Savannah.
Fr. Tom has spent most of his priesthood in the Georgia missions. He has served at St. Joseph's in Macon, Blessed Sacrament in Savannah, St. Patrick's in Perry, Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbus, St. Augustine in Thomasville, and St. Stephen's in Hinesville. These parishes also had mission churches where Fr. Tom also held Mass and served the mission people. He also served two short term assignments in Augusta, GA and Columbus, GA.
Fr. Tom is the son of the late Josephine Kenney Murphy and John Henry Murphy and has four sisters, three brother in laws, three nephews and three nieces. Fr. Tom is grateful to serve the Diocese of Savannah and celebrate his 30th year as a priest by establishing and growing the Pooler Catholic Community.
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