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Mullen_MsgrWilliamBLOOMFIELD – Msgr. William J. Mullen, 83, of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence in Bloomfield, died on Jan. 2, 2011.

He was born in Waterbury on July 15, 1927, a son of the late William J. and Nora (Hyland) Mullen. He attended St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield, St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore and St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 3, 1951, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford by Bishop, later Archbishop, Henry J. O’Brien.

Msgr. Mullen served many parishes within the Archdiocese of Hartford, beginning at St. John the Evangelist in West Hartford in 1951 and St. Patrick in Hartford in 1953. Msgr. Mullen then furthered his studies of canon law at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 1960, Msgr. Mullen was appointed secretary to Archbishop Henry J. O’Brien.

He was appointed papal chamberlain in 1963, promoter of justice for the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1966, pro-synodal judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal in 1969, and chancellor and archdiocesan consultor in 1970.

Msgr. Mullen served the following parishes: St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hartford, St. Dunstan in Glastonbury, Our Lady of Lourdes in Waterbury, St. Patrick in Farmington and St. Mark the Evangelist in West Hartford. He retired in 2002 and had been in residence at St. Thomas Seminary since 2007.

Msgr. Mullen is survived by his sisters, Betty Shutts, Marie Kelliher, Nancy Collins and Patricia Shaw; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother, James Mullen.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial on Jan. 7 in the chapel of the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Father Thomas J. Sas, director of the archdiocesan Office for Ministry Enrichment, preached the homily. Burial was in the family plot at St. Bridget Cemetery in Cheshire.

Contributions in memory of Msgr. Mullen may be made to the Catholic Charities Development Office, 839-841 Asylum Ave., Hartford, CT 06105.


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.