Pastoral Assistant for Parish Life & Administration
Fr. David Mulholland
Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
As you all know, I have now returned to my hometown of Tacoma. I was born at St. Joseph Hospital on March 26, 1962. I was baptized at Saint Patrick Catholic Church and that was my home parish until I went to the seminary in 1998. I went to public school, attending Jefferson Elementary, Mason Middle School and then graduating from Woodrow Wilson High in 1980. Then, I had the opportunity to attend the “greatest university in the world,” which is of course, Washington State University in Pullman. Go Cougs! It was there that my faith came alive at the Newman Center at the St. Thomas More Chapel. I loved my time at WSU.
After graduation in 1984, I took a year off before applying and attending law school at the University of Puget Sound—attending law school in the old Rhodes Department store with the familiar noise of the old escalators! I spent the next 10 years practicing law in Anchorage, Alaska and Seattle, Washington. I loved my time in Alaska; it was a great adventure! It was in Alaska that I reconnected with my faith and went deeper into a life of prayer. When I did, the thought of a vocation to the priesthood came to the surface, although it had been there before. I spoke to my pastor, Fr. Seamus Laverty, and then to Archbishop Murphy. Inspired by the life and witness of Pope Saint John Paul II, I was accepted into the program and completed my formation at Mount Angel Seminary in Saint Benedict, Oregon.
After my ordination in 2002, I served first at St. Charles Borromeo in Tacoma, before becoming pastor at Sacred Heart in Bellingham and Chaplain at the Newman Center at WWU, which I thoroughly enjoyed! I was then asked to pastor the six parishes in Lewis County, which gave me exposure to ministry in a rural area. Archbishop Brunett then appointed me as Vicar for Clergy in 2010. That gave me the opportunity to work with him and Archbishop Sartain in supporting and guiding our priests, deacons, seminarians, and other ministries at the Chancery. It was a wonderful experience and gave me a heart for the renewal and transformation of our clergy, which I continue to help with by assisting at retreats and doing spiritual direction. For the past six years, I was pastor at St. Mark in Shoreline. It was there that I was confirmed in my calling to be a pastor; a spiritual father to the flock that God has entrusted to my care, which now includes all of you!
Fr. David Mulholland