Michael Mulkern, OFM
1927 – 1985
Fr. Michael Mulkern, OFM, was born in South Boston, Mass., on July 14, 1927. After graduating from high school, he worked for the Boston Molasses Company until he entered Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., in 1950. Fr. Michael was ordained a priest May 24, 1956, by Bishop Vincent Waters in Durham, N.C.
After ordination, he served in High Point and Edenton, N.C., before joining the friars. He was received into the novitiate at St. Raphael Friary in Lafayette, N.J., on July 14, 1965, and professed temporary vows July 15, 1966. Fr. Michael made his profession of solemn vows July 15, 1969.
He was assigned to Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., where he remained until illness forced his transfer to the provincial infirmary at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany. Fr. Michael was a sought out confessor and counselor while in New Bedford, and was a friar who could not say “no” to anyone in need. He was a pioneer in a charismatic prayer group in New Bedford and uniquely ecumenically oriented.
He died at St. Bonaventure on the 29th anniversary of his ordination, May 24, 1985. He was 57 years old and a professed friar for 18 years.