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Rev. Bede Mulligan, O. Carm.

June 14, 1934 August 31, 2020
Rev. Bede Mulligan, O. Carm.
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REVEREND BEDE MULLIGAN, O. CARM.

Born in the Bronx, NY on June 14, 1934
Professed First Vows in the Order of Carmelites, on September 8, 1954
Professed Solemn Vows on September 8, 1957
Ordained to the Priesthood on July 6, 1958
Died on August 31, 2020


Reverend Bede Mulligan O.Carm., a member of the Order of Carmelites of the North American Province of St. Elias, died on August 31, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 86 years old.

John Kevin Mulligan was born in the Bronx, NY on June 14, 1934 and raised in Woodhaven, Queens, New York. He was predeceased by his parents John P. and Ethel C. Gerahty, brothers and sisters, David Noel, Gregory, Patricia and Carol.

As Brother Bede, he was simply professed on September 8, 1954 at Mount Carmel in Williamstown, Massachusetts and professed solemn vows in the Carmelite Hermitage in Wolfnitz, Austria on September 8, 1957. He was ordained to the priesthood on July 6, 1958 in Rome, Italy.

Father Bede attended St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY following his First Profession. He transferred to Collegio San Alberto in Rome, Italy in 1955 and graduated in 1959. During the summer of 1959 Father Bede was a Confessor at the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal after which he went to the Carmelite International Hermitage in Wolfnitz, Austria, serving as its Sacristan and Prior until 1966. Father Bede returned to the United States in 1967 serving at Our Lady of the Scapular Parish on 28th Street, New York City, NY where he was a Parochial Vicar in the Church and a Chaplain at Bellevue Hospital. He returned to Mount Carmel in Williamstown, MA for the next two years serving as a Retreat Master and Sacristan.
In 1970 Father Bede and the late Father Simeon Marro, O.Carm., the two Carmelites of the St. Elias Province who lived in the Order’s international Hermitage in Austria, founded Mount Carmel Hermitage in New Florence, Pennsylvania in the Diocese of Greensburg. In December 1999 this hermitage was moved to a newly built site in nearby Bolivar, Pennsylvania.
Father Bede wrote: “Following the Rule of St Albert, our (Hermetical) life is one of prayerful solitude and silence tempered by certain elements of communal life. The Mass, Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) are sung daily in Gregorian chant, so conducive to contemplative prayer. The other parts of the Liturgy of the Hours, including the Vigil (Office of Readings) during the night or very early in the morning, are normally prayed by each hermit alone. Meals are eaten sometimes together and sometimes privately. There is no habitual external pastoral ministry. Those hermits who are priests occasionally give conferences to cloistered nuns or to secular lay Carmelites. When necessary, they may offer Mass and hear confessions in the local parish church.”
Father Bede served on the Provincial Ad Hoc Committee on Charism and Spirituality as well as the Fraternal Life Commission during the 1997-2000 Triennium. His ministerial involvements included the occasional retreat or conference for Monks, Nuns, Sisters and Lay Carmelites (both O.Carm. and O.C.D.).

A gentle, intelligent and hard-working Carmelite, gifted with a beautiful voice and excellent knowledge of the Liturgy and Gregorian Chant, Father Bede was beloved by neighbors of the Hermitage and all whom he assisted over the years. He was a professed Carmelite for 66 years and a priest for 62 years. He will be greatly missed.


VISITATION
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
9:00AM to 10:45AM
FOLLOWED BY A FUNERAL MASS
at 11:00AM
Mt. Carmel Hermitage, Bolivar, PA

Arrangements are under the direction of:
Kenneth A. Stuart Funeral Home
139 Ligonier Street
New Florence, PA 15944
(724) 235-2211

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VISITATION
Friday, September 4, 2020
9:00AM to 10:45AM
FOLLOWED BY MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL
at 11:00AM

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
70 Carmelite Drive
Middletown, New York 10940-0890

Interment
Carmelite Cemetery, Middletown, New York


In lieu of flowers, donations in Father Bede Mulligan’s memory may be made to the Carmelite Education Fund, and mailed to:
P.O. Box 868, Carmelite Drive, Middletown, New York 10940.

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Visitation

Wednesday

2

Sep

9:00 AM 9/2/2020 9:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 9/2/2020 10:45:00 AM
Mt. Carmel Hermitage

244 Bay Leaves Road
Bolivar, PA 15923

Mt. Carmel Hermitage
244 Bay Leaves Road Bolivar 15923 PA
United States

Service

Wednesday

2

Sep

11:00 AM 9/2/2020 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9/2/2020 12:00:00 PM
Mt. Carmel Hermitage

244 Bay Leaves Road
Bolivar, PA 15923

Mt. Carmel Hermitage
244 Bay Leaves Road Bolivar 15923 PA
United States

Visitation

Thursday

3

Sep

9:00 AM 9/3/2020 9:00:00 AM - 10:45 AM 9/3/2020 10:45:00 AM
St. Albert's Chapel at National Shrine of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel

Carmelite Drive
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Albert's Chapel at National Shrine of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel
Carmelite Drive Middletown 10940 NY
United States

Service

Thursday

3

Sep

11:00 AM 9/3/2020 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 9/3/2020 12:00:00 PM
St. Albert's Chapel at National Shrine of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel

Carmelite Drive
Middletown, NY 10940

St. Albert's Chapel at National Shrine of Our Lady Of Mt. Carmel
Carmelite Drive Middletown 10940 NY
United States
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