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Sunday Morning Service at St. Michael’s Church

Felicia Marley, Roger Wade, Christopher Wade, Michael Wade, and Arthur Barksdale prepare for Sunday morning service at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in College Park.

The lovely family church nestled beneath the pines at 2499 N. Westmoreland Drive in one of Orlando’s historic neighborhoods has a strong history of educating and guiding future leaders to serve in the church and community.

Listen as Robin Murphy, a founding member of St. Michael’s Church, shares the history of the church leadership, faith, and community life.

LISTEN Part I (13:49) Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church Oral History Interview – Robin Murphy

LISTEN Part II (3:51) Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church Oral History Interview – Robin Murphy

LISTEN Part III (11:59) Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church Oral History Interview – Robin Murphy

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Sunday Morning Service at St. Michael's Church
Felicia Marley, Roger Wade, Christopher Wade, Michael Wade, and Arthur Barksdale prepare for Sunday morning service at St. Michael's Episcopal Church...
Robin Murphy of St. Michael's Episcopal Church - Part I

Interview with Robin Murphy founding member of Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in College Park.




Robin Murphy of Saint Michael's Church - Part II

Interview with Robin Murphy founding member of Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in College Park.
 

Episcopal Church Women, ECW, are an active group with a long history of serving in the church. In this excerpt from an oral history interview Mrs. Robin Murphy recalls, "They used to do hospitality matters, now they have a business responsibility just like anybody else." She says, "Mrs. Cook is a good example of that," referring to real estate attorney and mother, Deborah Cook, who is a member of St  Michael's Church and active in ECW.

 Mrs. Murphy, who is a mother of five, remembers her early church experience at St. Michael's working with the "women's things" back in the day when females cared for the children and served primarily in hospitality ministries. Later she would serve as senior warden in the vestry at St. Michael's Church and her husband served as junior warden.

 Her husband, architect Robert Murphy, also served in other ministries such as supporting the very active Boy Scout Troop at St. Michael's Church in family oriented College Park.

 Mrs. Murphy fondly remembers their family's friendship with architect Nils Schweizer in this excerpt from an oral history interview on September 12, 2012.  Mr. Schweizer gave a presentation on church architecture for an ECW Luncheon at St. Michael's Church.

 He and his wife were good friends and we admired his son whose office was over in New Smyrna at the time... Orlando at that time had a busy organization of architects. And as my memory serves it was probably between 25-30 architects. We've had many more than that in recent years as our city has grown. The size of many offices and the office that my husband started is very large: Hutton and Brady. It used to be Murphy, Hutton & Brady and he started that office and they're very kind to give him credit for that when they talk about the history of their office.

The history of Hutton Brady Architects states: The foundation of HuntonBrady Architects was established in 1947 in Orlando, Florida, by the integrity and talent of Robert Murphy, a Harvard graduate from Charleston, South Carolina. Read more.
 
For more information on the history and contributions of the Episcopal Church Women we invite you to read their history and visit the  ECW website  for current activities.




Robin Murphy of Saint Michael's Episcopal Church - Part III

Interview with Robin Murphy founding member of Saint Michael's Episcopal Church in College Park.




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