SCHROON — A beloved Roman Catholic nun was killed in a two-car accident Monday evening on Route 74.

According to State Police, around 5 p.m., a 2015 Toyota Corolla operated by Sister Monica Murphy, 77, of Albany, was traveling east on State Route 74, when, for an unknown reason, her vehicle veered into the opposite lane.

Her car, police said, struck a 2017 Ford F-250, traveling west on State Route 74, operated by John Homer III, 49, with passenger, Dalton J. Homer, 22, both of North Creek, NY.


The two vehicles collided head on, police said.

Murphy suffered multiple traumatic injuries which resulted in her death, police said.

Essex County Coroner Jay Heald responded and pronounced Murphy deceased at 8:02 p.m.

Her body was removed to the University of Vermont Health Network at CVPH in Plattsburgh, where an autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday.

John and Dalton Homer were transported by Schroon Lake ambulance to the University of Vermont Health Network at the Elizabethtown Community Hospital where they were treated for neck and back pain and released, police said.


According to published reports in the Troy Record, Sister Monica had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet in the Diocese of Albany for the past 58 years.

Sister Monica earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the College of St. Rose in 1965, a master’s in mathematics from Duke University in 1973 and a masters in school counseling from the College of St. Rose in 1993, according to the Evangelist.

She served at Catholic Central High School for many years as a teacher and guidance counselor and also served as director of Pyramid Life Center.


“Today we mourn the loss of an important member of our community. Sister Monica Murphy, CSJ has been a part of Catholic Central for more than 30 years and a Catholic educator for more than 50 years,” Ridge Harris, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Catholic Central High School and a 2007 graduate, said.

“She was a pillar of our institution and made a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of young people. Throughout her time at Catholic Central, she was a teacher, guidance counselor, spiritual counselor, mentor, friend, and the Crusaders number-one fan.”


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger also shared his condolences on the sudden passing of Sister Monica, The Record reported.

“All of us in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are so saddened to learn of the news of Sister Monica’s passing,” Scharfenberger said in a statement.

“She was a beloved figure in our Diocese, bringing her passion for her Catholic faith — and for all people — to everything she did, whether in our Catholic schools, where she served for more than four decades, or at Pyramid Life Center, where she was the driving force that has kept that camp thriving since its beginnings.

“Our prayers are with the communities of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Catholic Central High School and Pyramid Life Center during this difficult time. Our prayers also for sister’s family, including Sister Maureen Murphy, CSJ. We know Sister Monica has gone before us marked with the sign of faith to meet the one to whom she gave her entire life, but that does not make it any easier for those of us left behind.

“We will miss her, but we will carry on the work she loved in her absence and in her memory.”

Staff Writer at Press-Republican since November of 1985. Has covered just about all beats at the paper, including sports.Currently covers government and politics. Graduated from Plattsburgh State in 1985. Originally from Rochester, NY.

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