James Mulhern, OFM
1910 – 2005
Fr. James Mulhern, OFM, was born on Nov. 6, 1910 in Philadelphia. He entered St. Joseph Seraphic Seminary, Callicoon, N.Y., in 1934, and was received into the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1938. He professed simple vows one year later, made his solemn profession in 1942, and was ordained a priest in 1944.
His first assignment was as parochial vicar from 1945 to 1949 at St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City. For the next three years, he served as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City. Fr. James was then assigned as vicar to Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx, N.Y., from 1952 to 1956, and pastor from 1957 to 1961. He served as pastor of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Greenwood Lake, N.J., for six years, beginning in 1961. From 1967 to 1971, he ministered as parochial vicar at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Wanaque, N.J. Fr. James then served as pastor at the Convalescent Center in Tampa, Fla., until 1976. He retired that year to St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla.
He died on Oct. 21, 2005 at St. Anthony Hospital in St. Petersburg. Fr. James was 94 years old, a professed friar for 66 years, and a priest for 61 years.