Bishop Mulvee celebrated as ‘people’s bishop’ at funeral mass

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -Dozens of priests and bishops celebrated the life of Bishop Robert Mulvee at a funeral mass Thursday.

“Bishop Mulvee was a priest’s priest, a bishop’s bishop and a people’s bishop,” said Bishop John Barres, of the Diocese of Rockville Centre in New York, during his funeral homily.

Mulvee’s journey as bishop brought him from Delaware to North Carolina to Rhode Island – where he became the seventh bishop of Providence in 1997, after being appointed coadjutor bishop of Providence in 1995. He retired in 2005 and remained active in the church.

“Bishop Mulvee inspired the everyday parishioner, the everyday family,” Barres said. “the poor, hurting person carrying every dimension of the Cross of Christ.”
Henry Oliviera of New Hampshire knew Mulvee through his brother, Msgr. Bert Oliviera. “Bishop Mulvee was one of those guys you’d go to and he’d do anything for you, anything for you,” he said. “He always worried about everyone else, never worried about himself. That was Bishop Mulvee.”

Deacon John Needham will always remember how Mulvee honored his late wife when he was ordained 20 years ago. “He stopped and he sent Bishop McMannis around and said, ‘He wants to know what your wife’s first name was,’ and he put it in the mass,” Needham recalled. “I just never forgot that.”

Bishop Robert Mulvee was 88-years-old. He celebrated his 60th anniversary of priestly ordination and his 40th anniversary as bishop in 2017.

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