Canon Francis Mulvey died on 6 August 2014 on the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord.He was seventy nine years old and had been a priest for fifty five years.
Born in Ennis, County Clare in Ireland, Francis Mulvey was educated by the Christian Brothers in Ennis. After secondary school he went to St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, and offered himself for service as a priest in the Archdiocese of Cardiff in 1953. He was ordained at the Cathedral in Thurles on 14 June 1959.
On coming to Wales, he served firstly in the parish of Gendros in Swansea for six years. From there he went to Tredegar where he worked for fifteen years. Thence to St. David’s in Newport. His final appointment was to Blessed Sacrament Church, Rumney in Cardiff. Here he continued to be a caring and compassionate pastor, welcoming to all and beloved by all. Humility, self effacing humour, a deep seated love of the people and of the Church were all important parts of his priestly life. Countless numbers of people have good reason to be grateful for his caring and sensitive ministry amongst them. In particular, he had a special ministry to the Travellers on that side of Cardiff, who held him in great regard.
Canon Mulvey was always very conscious of the importance of the brotherhood of the Priesthood. Whenever there was a gathering of priests, whether it was at clergy meetings, or whether it was on Mondays (the traditional clergy day-off) on the fairways of Radyr Golf Club, his re-assuring presence could be relied on. He was well respected by his brother priests and he will be greatly missed by them.
Canon Mulvey’s funeral took place at the Cathedral in Ennis on Friday 8 August. Monsignor John Maguire was the main celebrant and there was a representative number of priests from Cardiff present. On behalf of Archbishop George Stack, Archbishop of Cardiff, Monsignor Maguire conveyed to the relatives and friends of Canon Mulvey the gratitude of the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Cardiff for the life and service of this good and faithful priest.
May he rest in peace.