Patrick Murphy


Television producer, printmaker, and author Patrick Murphy has spent the past 40 years telling stories of the American heartland. He took a year to visit every corner of Missouri, exploring its Roman Catholic history and culture. His photographs and stories are a delight for readers of all faiths.

Murphy is the author of Candy Men: The Story of Switzer’s Licorice and The irish in St. Louis: From Shanty to Lace Curtain. He and his wife Anne are members of Holy Redeemer parish in the St. Louis suburb of Webster Groves.


St. Patrick, Missouri, a small unincorporated community near the Iowa border, is not a typical vacation destination. But for Patrick Murphy, it held a big draw: the Shrine of St. Patrick, modeled after St. Patrick’s Memorial Church of the Four

Author and vice president of production at Nine Network Patrick Murphy sought to find the meaning of the “Irish way” in his book, The Irish in St. Louis: From Shanty to Lace Curtain. He said the Irish have held their