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Obituary: Father Paul Mulligan, missionary, pastor


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Father Paul F. Mulligan a priest of the archdiocese since his ordination on Feb. 2, 1957 died at Marian Manor in South Boston on Aug. 24. The Medford native was a son of the late James and Marry (Reedy) Mulligan and was born on April 19, 1931. He was an alumnus of Medford High School and Tufts University before entering archdiocesan seminaries.

Following ordination by Archbishop Richard Cushing, he was assigned as an assistant at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Westford. In 1960 he joined the Missionary Society of St. James the Apostle and served in both Peru and Ecuador. Seven years later he was chosen as the Director of the Society and moved back to Boston where he was named administrator of St. Stephen Parish in Boston's historic North End; the parish was designated to be the headquarters of the St. James Society at this time and since.

During this time he was also the director of PAVLA (Papal Volunteers for Latin America). This was a sister program to the St. James Society and was basically a Latin American Catholic Peace Corps. Young people volunteered to go to places where the St. James Society was serving and work there for a term with the members of the Society.

When his term as director was complete he returned to the missions, once again to Peru and then added Bolivia to his mission fields. He returned to the archdiocese in 1978 and was for the next two years parochial vicar at St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Boston's Roxbury section.

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