Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

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.