Bishop Wm. Michael Mulvey, STL, DD
Wm. Michael Mulvey was ordained the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi on March 25, 2010. Pope Benedict XVI named him bishop on January 18, 2010.
Bishop Mulvey was born August 23, 1949 in Houston Texas. the second of six children, to Daniel H. Mulvey Jr. and Marjorie Jane Patterson Mulvey.
He completed all of his education at Catholic schools, including St. Theresa and St. Cecilia in Houston and St. Thomas High School in Houston. He graduated from St. Edward's Catholic High School in Austin in 1967 and St. Edward's University in 1971 with a BBA.
He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome from 1971-1976. He earned his bachelor's degree of Sacred Theology from St. Thomas University (Angelicum) in 1974 and licentiate (master's degree) in Sacred Theology from Gregorian University in 1976.
Bishop Mulvey was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Austin by Pope Paul VI in 1975 in St. Peter's Square. As a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Bishop Mulvey had the following assignments:
1976-1977: Associate Pastor St. Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parishes in Taylor;
1977-1980: Associate Pastor St. Louis Parish in Austin;
1980-1981: Studies on a sabbatical with the Focolare Movement;
1981-1986: Chaplain to Reicher Catholic High School in Waco;
1984-1986: Pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Waco;
1986-1992: Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston;
1992-1995: Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station;
1995-1997: Associate Director of Center for Spirituality for Diocesan Priests of the Focolare Movement in Florence, Italy;
1997-1999: Director of Center for Spirituality for Diocesan Priests of the Focolare Movement in Hyde Park, N.Y.;
1999-2004: Pastor of St. Helen Parish in Georgetown;
2004- 2007: Chancellor of the Diocese of Austin;
2007- 2009: Vicar General of the Diocese of Austin
2009: Vice Rector, St. Mary's Seminary in Houston;
2009-2010: Administrator of the Diocese of Austin
March 5, 2014 | by Texas Catholic ConferenceContinued misrepresentations about the Advanced Directives bill from the 83rd Texas Legislature have prompted the Texas bishops to issue a letter correcting the specifics of the reforms and how they comport with Catholic moral teachings. The bi-partisan legislation (H.B. 1444 and S.B. 303) endorsed by the Texas Catholic Conference would have protected the lives of patients, respected the wishes of families, and safeguarded the consciences of medical providers at the end of life. It was a tremendous improvement over existing law, which fails to protect life by allowing unilateral Do Not Attempt Resuscitation orders for patient's without notice, permits withholding of nutrition and hydration to hasten death, and discriminates against the disabled when deciding to end treatment. The reform bill endorsed by the bishops prohibited withholding of food or water, required patients and families be notified of their rights to reject DNARs, and provided a clear, balanced procedure for resolving disputes between doctors and families.