Bishop Mulkearns – canonist and friend

Bishop MulkearnsMichael Costigan was a priest of the Melbourne Archdiocese from 1955 to 1969. He is married and retired and an Adjunct Professor, Theology and Philosophy Faculty, Australian Catholic University. Here he reflects on the life and commitment of his colleague and friend, Ron Mulkearns.

The late Bishop Ronald Mulkearns was my friend from when we were both eighteen, my seminary classmate and room-mate, fellow canon law student in Rome, travel companion to other parts of Europe and, during most of the 1960s, my associate in the priestly ministry in Melbourne. The friendship, which then lasted through Ron’s forty-eight years as a bishop, until his sad death on 3 April 2016, was, at least on my side, greatly valued.

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