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Rev. J. Patrick Mullen Ph.D.

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Employment History

  • Professor of Biblical Studies, New Testament
    St. John's Seminary
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Associate Director of Pastoral Formation
    St. John's Seminary
  • Priest
    Archdiocese of Los Angeles
  • Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies


  • Ph.D.
  • doctorate , biblical studies
    Graduate Theological Union
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These are just a couple of ..., 4 April 2009 [cached]
These are just a couple of the insights into the Gospel of Mark presented by Father Pat Mullen (St. John's Seminary, Camarillo) at the Clergy Winter Workshop held in Calistoga in January. Father Mullen suggests that we sit down and read the Gospel as we would a novel (preferably in one sitting) and try to not be influenced by what we've absorbed from the other Gospels; (i.e., read as written).
American Martyrs Church [cached]
Our presenter, Fr. Pat Mullen, was with us two years ago during Advent to share the topic of the Infancy Narratives.He is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies and Associate Director of Pastoral Formation at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo.
REC 2002 - Saturday, Feb 16 - Period 6, 25 Jan 2005 [cached]
Rev. J. Patrick Mullen, Ph.D.
Los Angeles Archdiocesan priest Fr. Pat Mullen was born and raised in Holy Family Parish in Glendale, Calif.He has served in two local area parishes - St. Margaret Mary's in Lomita and St. John Vianney in Hacienda Heights - and is Professor of Biblical Studies, New Testament at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Calif.
Archdiocese of Los Angeles, 13 Sept 2008 [cached]
Rev. Patrick Mullen is a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and is currently Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies - New Testament, at St. John's Seminary, Camarillo, CA.
"He was not a flat character," ..., 8 Jan 2009 [cached]
"He was not a flat character," said Father Patrick Mullen of St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, Calif. "St. Paul's letters have a strong founding in Scripture, and like Saint Peter, Paul failed and picked himself up again."
Fr. Mullen was the keynote speaker at the 46th annual Diocesan Pastoral Congress held Oct. 18, the Feast of St. Luke, at Juan Diego Catholic High School at the Skaggs Catholic Center in Draper. More than 550 people attended.
A New Testament Scripture scholar, Fr. Mullen told the religious educators to, "shape what we give our students and teach what they want to learn. Start with their questions."
Fr. Mullen said St. Paul started his teaching with the people, and although he never knew Jesus personally, he was nevertheless an apostle, sent forth by Jesus to teach.
"Paul may have been writing to the church in Corinth or the church is Ephasus, but he was writing to us, and we should be on fire with his teaching," Fr. Mullen said.
Paul the poet wrote things that were beautiful, like Phil. 2:6-11, and the Ode of Love in 1 Cor. 13:1-13, he said. "We need to be poets, borrowing from others. We need to teach the beautiful and the dramatic."
Fr. Mullen encouraged religious educators to become Scripture scholars, reading their Bibles daily, writing in them, and quoting from them.
"St. Paul quoted from the Hebrew Scriptures 90 times," he said, and he had to be quoting from memory because paper was very expensive at that time.
"Read the Scriptures and teach others to do the same."
Fr. Mullen said in St. Paul's time, only from two percent to five percent of the people were literate, so Paul and the other apostles had to be good story-tellers, passing their teachings on through the oral tradition.
"The Catholic Church went 1,500 years without the Book," said Fr. Mullen. "Our teachers had to make the passing on of stories happen at the level of the heart."
St. Paul was also a theologian, he said, one who had studies the faith.
"Today we have 2000 years of theology with which to work as religious educators, and the next great theologian might come from this room. Jesus has empowered each of you to read and teach as Paul did."
One of the great questions today is why some people wander from the faith while others live an intentionally Catholic life, said Fr. Mullen.
"Paul was also a liturgist. He would be the first person to recount the actions at the Last Supper, and liturgy should matter to us."
Children must be raised with a love of the Eucharist, and that happens in Catholic homes where parents are the first religious educators, said Fr. Mullen
"St. Paul was also the all competent," he said. "He had to be either a mother or a pastor, doing all things, experiencing all things, then teaching all things."
Paul was also a "scrapper," who argued with St. Peter, and while he is often seen as "the bane of women," almost everything he wrote about women has been taken out of context. The great evangelizer also had a "swaggering ego," and "poured himself out," in his letters to the churches he founded, said Fr. Mullen.
Little is known of Paul before his conversion, but Fr. Mullen said he had changed his name from Saul to Paul before his conversion. He was from the tribe of Benjamin.
As for the controversy about who wrote Paul's letters, Fr. Mullen said it is obvious that Paul himself wrote seven of the letters, and others may have been written by scribes while Paul dictated them. Others were written by people claiming to be Paul, but their writing and teaching is very much in the style of St. Paul.
"There is so much to learn about St. Paul that it's easy to become overwhelmed by him," said Fr. Mullen.
"As Fr. Mullen said, we should borrow some to share the story and then pass on the faith," said Bishop Wester.
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