Mulvihill, Rev Daniel Bernard


December 16, 2006

Personal Info

  • Date of Birth: 18 August 1927
  • Place of Birth in Ireland: Shronoun, Listowel
  • County: Kerry
  • Education: St Michael’s College, Listowel; Mungret College, Limerick and Kenrick Seminary, St Louis, MO, USA
  • Date of Ordination: 28 February 1953
  • Place of Ordination: Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Wichita, KS
  • Ordained by: Bishop Mark K. Carroll, Bishop of the Wichita Diocese

Diocesan Appointments

  • Assistant – St. John the Evangelist, El Dorado – 3/16/1953 to 6/7/1957
  • Assistant – Our Lady of Lourdes, Pittsburg – 6/8/1957 to 2/21/1960
  • Assistant – Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Wichita – 2/22/1960 to 5/31/1963
  • Pastor – St. Rose of Lima, Columbus – 5/31/1963 to 2/1/1966
  • Chancery – Pittsburg Deanery Moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women – 2/11/1965
  • Chancery – Parish Priests’ Retirement & Relief Board member, Wichita – 12/1/1966
  • Pastor – St. Francis Xavier, Cherryvale – 7/1/1967 to 6/12/1980
  • Chancery – CCW Coffeyville Deanery Moderator, Coffeyville – 9/1/1967
  • Pastor – All Saints, Liberty – 7/1/1969 to 6/12/1980
  • Pastor – St. Patrick, Chanute – 6/13/1980 to 7/1/1981
  • Pastor – St. Patrick, Galena and St Joseph, Baxter Springs – 7/2/1981 to 9/1/1993
  • Pastor – St. Rose of Lima, Columbus and St Bridget, Scammon – 9/2/1993 to 8/9/1995
  • Educational Sabbatical – University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN – 8/10/1995

According to the Diocese of Wichita’s Necrology, Msgr. Mulvihill followed his family to Kansas to serve the Lord through their vocations. His uncles, Msgr. Michael Mulvihill and Father Daniel Mulvihill were a priests in the Diocese of Salina and his aunt, Sister Ann Joseph Mulvihill was a Sister of St Joseph in Concordia.

Father Mulvihill said in an interview that he originally wanted to serve in the Diocese of Salina so he could join his uncles and be near his aunt but the Salina bishop at the time wanted native-born priests so his second choice was the Diocese of Wichita. He said that many Irish priest traveled to the USA because of a love of travel, lack of a language barrier and because of family and friends who had already immigrated to this country.

In June, 1965, Father Mulvihill oversaw the ground breaking ceremony for the new church to be built in Columbus, Kansas. The structure was made of Miami stone for a cost of $64,000. The parish traced its history back to 1858, when the Jesuit missionary Father Paul Ponziglione wrote in his diary that he had stop in the area to offer Mass at a private home for the Osage Indians. The parish was actually founded in 1887 however, it was a mission until May of 1949. Father Mulvihill is the third resident pastor.

The election of Pope John Paul II, the first non-Italian pontiff in Catholic history, has delighted many clergy. Father Daniel Mulvihill stated: “I think it was absolutely fantastic that they chose a non-Italian, and I was glad they chose Poland. I’ve always loved that country. They are such downtrodden people and yet they have such great faith.”

  • Date of Death: 16 December 2006
  • Place of Death: Catholic Care Center, Wichita
  • Age of Death: 79
  • Funeral Celebrant: Most Rev. Michael O. Jackels, Bishop of Wichita Diocese and Fr Francis Cox, homilist
  • Burial: Ascension Cemetery, Wichita, KS

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