The St. Jude Parish Family welcomed a new member last month as Senior Priest, Reverend Kevin P. Mulhern, has joined the staff.
Ordained in 1976, Father Mulhern celebrated his 40th anniversary of his ordination last summer as Pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine Parish (formerly St. Aloysius) in WilkesBarre where he has served the last six years, along with Exaltation Holy Cross in Hanover Township. Prior to his pastorship in Wilkes-Barre, Mulhern served as Senior Priest at Our Lady of the Snows in Clarks Summit.
Fr. Mulhern says that even through he had thought about the priesthood all through high school, he chose the traditional college route to be a teacher. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from King’s College and later a Masters Degree in the same field from Seton Hall University. After a few years spent teaching, however, the nagging feeling continued and Mulhern decided to try seminary to find out, once and for all, whether or not the priesthood was his true calling. It was.
“I always thought about it in high school,” explained Father Mulhern. “We had priests as family friends and they seemed to do a lot of good in the community. That is where I felt a call to try to follow them and their example.
Father Mulhern studied for five years at St. John’s Seminary in Boston, MA, a process he describes as a gradual recommitting of oneself to God on a deeper and deeper level. His first assignment was as Assistant Pastor of St. Ignatius Church in Kingston where he also served as a catechist at Bishop O’Reilly. Later, he served as Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Scranton.
He was assigned to a six year term as pastor of St. Robert Bellarmine and Exaltation Holy Cross parishes in 2011, but health problems during that time caused him to petition Bishop Bambera for a new assignment once his term was concluded.
“I indicated to the bishop that I