Msgr. Thomas Mulvanerty, who for many years ministered to the diocese’s senior priests, died on June 3rd. He was 72 and had been a priest of the Rockville Centre diocese for 37 years.

mulvanerty2Msgr. Mulvanerty was a Franciscan Brother for 10 years before entering the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, Huntington. He joined the brothers during his senior year at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, He earned a master’s degree in theology from LaSalle College, Philadelphia, and from the seminary.

While a Franciscan Brother, Msgr. Mulvanerty taught religion at elementary schools and high schools, including St. Anthony High School, formerly in Smithtown.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1979, Msgr. Mulvanerty served as an associate pastor at St. Boniface Martyr, Sea Cliff (1979-1985) and St. Joseph, Garden City (1985-1989). He was named pastor of Church of the Resurrection, Farmingville, in 1989.

In 1998, Msgr. Mulvanerty was named director of the diocesan office of priestly life and ministry and served as well as an associate at St. Joseph’s, Ronkonkoma.

In 2001, he was named vicar for senior priests and vicar for priestly concerns at St. Pius X Residence (then in Uniondale, now in Amityville) for retired priests. He continued to hold both positions until 2005, when he began to devote all his time to the residence.

“I see myself as a pastor among our priests,” Msgr. Mulvanerty said about his work at St. Pius Residence in a 2007 interview. “They are really my parishioners.”

He has also served as a weekend assistant at Holy Name of Jesus parish, Woodbury, and most recently at St. Pius X parish in Plainview.

Msgr. Mulvanerty retired last year due to health issues. His wake and funeral information follows:

Tuesday, June 7, 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Church of the Resurrection
50 Granny Road
Farmingville, NY 11738

Mass of Vigil
Tuesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
Church of the Resurrection
50 Granny Road
Farmingville, NY 11738

Funeral Mass
Wednesday, June 8, 11 a.m.
Church of St. Martin of Tours
37 Union Avenue
Amityville, NY 11701
The Church will be open for visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

Cemetery: Pinelawn Memorial Park, Farmingdale