Bishop Malooly’s Statement on the death of Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee, Seventh Bishop of Wilmington

December 28, 2018 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Most Reverend W. Francis Malooly, Ninth Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington, has issued the following statement on the passing of the Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee, retired Bishop of Providence, and Seventh Bishop of Wilmington.

“We are saddened to learn of the passing of our friend, brother, and predecessor, Bishop Robert Mulvee. I had the pleasure of working with Bishop Mulvee as part of the Maryland Catholic Conference while I was serving in the Archdiocese of Baltimore during his ten years tenure as Bishop of Wilmington. The people of this diocese had a great affection and admiration for Bishop Mulvee, and he loved and cherished them. He was a dedicated and faith-filled leader who will be greatly missed. I join the Catholic community of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore in sending our heart-felt condolences to Bishop Tobin and the Catholic community of Rhode Island during this time of shared loss.”

Bishop Mulvee passed away at the age of 88 on December 28, 2018 after a brief illness. He was appointed the Seventh Bishop of Wilmington by Saint Pope John Paul II in April 1985. He served in that role until he was appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Providence in February 1995. He retired in 2005.

The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The diocese is in the midst of its year-long 150th anniversary celebration that will conclude on March 3, 2019.  More information is available at

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Bishop Robert E. Mulvee

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