Obituary of Canon Kevin Mullen

Born 14 July 1926 – Ordained 30 May 1953 – Died 11 September 2016

Former trustee of the Archdiocese and parish priest of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, Kirkby and Saint Mary's, Chorley, Canon Kevin Mullen died on Sunday 11 September aged 90 and in the 64th year of his priesthood.

Kevin Mullen was born in Liverpool on 14 July 1926, the son of James and Kathleen Mullen. He attended Saint Edward's College, Liverpool and studied for the priesthood at Saint Joseph's College, Upholland. He was ordained priest by Archbishop Thomas Roberts SJ, Titular Archbishop of Sugdaea, on 30 May 1953 at Saint Cecilia's Church, Liverpool.

He had three appointments as assistant priest, firstly at Blessed Sacrament, Aintree in August 1953, moving in October 1961 to Saint Aloysius, Roby and to Saint Benet, Netherton in September 1969. In July 1975 he was appointed parish priest of St Peter and St Paul, Kirkby and it was during his time there he became a Canon of the Metropolitan Cathedral Chapter in October 1984.

He was appointed parish priest of St Mary's, Chorley in August 1989 and remained there until his retirement in September 2004. During his tenure in Chorley he served both Archbishop Worlock and Archbishop Kelly as a member of the Archbishop's Council from 1992 until 2004. He retired to the lodge at Saint Gregory's, Weldbank in September 2004, staying there until increasing frailty necessitated his move to Ince Blundell.

His Funeral Mass was celebrated at St Mary's, Chorley on Friday 16 September followed by burial at St Gregory's, Weldbank, Chorley.