Faithful servant laid to rest

On Friday 15th November representatives of from the Catholic Church around Wales gathered to bid farewell to a faithful servant in the vineyard of the Lord. Bishop Daniel Mullins was called home to the house of the Father on All Saints Day (1st November) aged 90 years.  A priest of the Archdiocese of Cardiff and later ordained Bishop of Menevia, Bishop Mullins carried out immense work throughout his pastoral ministry and strongly promoted the Welsh Language in the Liturgy.

The Rt Rev Mark Jabale (Bishop Emeritus of Menevia) in his homily noted that Bishop Daniel Mullins was a family man and whenever he returned to Ireland he visited his nephews and nieces to cement his family roots.

Bishop Mark succeeded Bishop Daniel as Bishop of Menavia. And Bishop Tom Burns succeeded Bishop Mark in the diocese. It was Bishop Tom who made the Final Commendation and sprinkled and incensed the coffin before it was processed out to the crypt for burial.

Dr James Campbell, Editor of Catholic People, added: “I have very very fond memories of Bishop Daniel. In 1982 I was then editing the Pontypridd and Llantrisant Observers and the Rhondda Leader, three of the 12 weekly newspapers in the Celtic Press Group covering the South Wales valleys.

We were then planning for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Cardiff and Bishop Daniel was instrumental in helping us to identify our seminarians in Rome. I visited Rome and interviewed all of them which we published in our 12 newspapers..

And when the Holy Father arrived in Cardiff I oversaw a coverage which involved photographers, reporters and motorcyclists to ferry our pics and stories to our printing press in Dowlais.

it could not have happened without the wise guidance of Bishop Daniel. May he rest in peace.”