William Mulvey

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William Michael Mulvey

Bishop of Corpus Christi
DioceseCorpus Christi
AppointedJanuary 18, 2010
InstalledMarch 25, 2010
PredecessorEdmond Carmody
OrdinationJune 29, 1975
by Pope Paul VI
ConsecrationMarch 25, 2010
by Daniel DiNardo, Gregory Michael Aymond, and Edmond Carmody
Personal details
Born (1949-08-23) August 23, 1949 (age 69)
Houston, Texas
Styles of
William Michael Mulvey
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Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

William Michael Mulvey STL (born August 23, 1949) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church who has served as bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Texas since 2010.


Early life and education[edit]

Mulvey is the second of the six children of Daniel H. Mulvey Jr. and Marjorie Jane Patterson Mulvey. His siblings are Dan, Martha, John, Tim and Kim. He has 12 nieces and nephews. All of his education was completed at Catholic schools including St. Theresa and St. Cecilia in Houston and St. Thomas High School in Houston (1963–1966). He was confirmed by Bishop Wendelin Joseph Nold at St. Cecilia Parish in Houston. He attended St. Edward's Catholic High School in Austin (1967) and St. Edward's University, where he graduated in 1971 with a BBA. He attended seminary at the North American College in Rome 1971-1976, earning in 1971-1974 his bachelor's degree in Sacred Theology from Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum and 1974–1976 his licentiate (master's degree) in Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University.

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Mulvey was ordained to the priesthood for the service of the Diocese of Austin on June 29 in the Jubilee Year of 1975 by Pope Paul VI in St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, one of 359 priests ordained by the Pope on that occasion.

As a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Bishop-elect Mulvey had the following assignments:

  • 1976–1977: Associate Pastor St. Mary/Our Lady of Guadalupe Parishes in Taylor in the Diocese of Austin
  • 1977–1980: Associate Pastor St. Louis Parish in the Diocese of Austin
  • 1980–1981: Further 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 in the Diocese of Austin
  • 1986–1992: Director of Spiritual Formation at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston
  • 1992–1995: Pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station in the Diocese of Austin
  • 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 in the Diocese of Austin
  • 2004–2007: Chancellor of the Diocese of Austin
  • 2007–2009: Vicar General of the Diocese of Austin
  • August 2009: Vice Rector, St. Mary's Seminary in Houston
  • August 24, 2009: Elected administrator of the Diocese of Austin

Bishop Mulvey is one of two former pastors of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in College Station who were elevated to bishop. The other is Patrick Zurek, bishop of Amarillo.[1]

Bishop of Corpus Christi[edit]

Mulvey was appointed to Corpus Christi diocese by Pope Benedict XVI on January 18, 2010[2] and consecrated a bishop on March 25, 2010 by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. His principal co-consecrators were New Orleans Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond (who had been Bishop of Austin, Mulvey's home diocese, before going to Louisiana in 2009), and his immediate predecessor as Bishop of Corpus Christi, Bishop Edmond Carmody.

Mulvey is the first Bishop of Corpus Christi to be named without prior episcopal experience since 1921, when Emmanuel Boleslaus Ledvina was appointed to the position.

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edmond Carmody
Bishop of Corpus Christi
Succeeded by