A profile of the late Catholic Bishop Emeritus of Menevia, the Right Reverend Daniel Mullins.
On 1 November 2019, it was with great sadness that the Diocese of Menevia announced the death of Bishop Daniel Mullins, the first Bishop of the newly reconstituted Diocese of Menevia.
Bishop Mullins was passionate about the faith, culture and ancient language of the people of Wales. Having become a fluent Welsh speaker himself, he became a champion of all things Welsh and was himself an icon of the bond between the Celtic nations of this land.
Bishop Mullins was born in Kilfinane, County Limerick, Ireland on 10 July 1929. He was the son of Timothy and Mary and brother of Canon Eddie Joe, and the late Bernie, Eileen and Tadhg.
He was educated in Mount Mellery, Waterford, St. Mary’s College, Aberystwyth and Cardiff University where he gained a double First-class BA honours degree in Welsh. He studied for the priesthood at St Mary’s College, Oscott in Birmingham and was ordained priest on 12 April 1953. He served in many parishes in the Archdiocese of Cardiff.
On 5 February 1970, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Cardiff and Titular Bishop of Sidnacestre. His consecration to the Episcopate took place on 1 April 1970. The principal consecrator was Archbishop John Murphy of Cardiff, and the principal co-consecrators were Archbishop George Dwyer of Birmingham and Bishop John Petit of Menevia.
He was appointed the first Bishop of the newly reconstituted Diocese of Menevia on 12 February 1987. He resigned due to ill health on 12 June 2001 and assumed the title Bishop Emeritus of Menevia.
Bishop Daniel Mullins died on 1 November 2019. Requiescat in Pace.
Grant, we pray, almighty God,
that the soul of your departed servant Bishop Daniel Mullins,
to whom you committed care of your family,
may, with the manifold fruit of his labours,
enter into the eternal gladness of his Lord.
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.