Reverend Cornelius's Story
BOSTON: Reverend Cornelius J. “Neil” Mullaney, 71, of Regina Cleri Boston, passed away suddenly Wednesday evening in Massachusetts General Hospital.
A Boston native, he was born in the Hub on Sept. 5, 1944 a son of the late Edward J. and Catherine (Browne) Mullaney. He was a graduate of Shaw School in West Roxbury, St. Mary’s High Schools in Brookline. Neil entered the seminary in 1963 first at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and then at St. John Brighton.
Fr. Neil served as deacon at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Belmont prior to his ordination to the priesthood on May 15, 1971 at Holy Cross Cathedral. He was in the first class ordained by Archbishop Humberto Medeiros who had been installed as archbishop the previous October.
His first assignment was as an associate at Our Lady of Good Voyage, Gloucester (1971-1976); then, again as associate, at St. Ann Parish, Somerville. In both parishes, he also helped in the formation of future priests serving as a deacon intern supervisor. In June 1985, he was named parochial vicar at St. Patrick, Natick and five years later to the same position just a couple towns away at St. Bernard in Newton.
Fr. Neil served for one term as pastor of St. Thomas More Parish, Braintree before becoming a member of the Team Ministry with Father Joseph Rossi at St. Pius Fifth Parish, Lynn in August 1999 where he served the St. Pius V community until his retirement in 2012.
He enjoyed summers in Buzzards Bay, traveling, Broadway musicals. He was an avid skier, biker and enjoyed reading.
Fr. Neil is survived by two sisters, Beth Mullaney of West Roxbury and Mary Despres and her husband, Marc of No. Grafton; three brothers, John J. Mullaney and his wife, Susan of Buzzards Bay, Edward J. Mullaney and his wife, Judith of So. Weymouth and Paul Mullaney and his wife, Nancy of Bridgewater. He is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews.
Fr. Neil’s Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Pius V Church, Maple Street Lynn on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Fr. Neil will lie in state in St. Pius V Church on Monday from 4 to7 p.m. Interment will be in Holyhood Cemetery, Brookline. Donations in Fr. Neil’s memory may be made to Regina Cleri, 60 Cardinal O’Connell Way, Boston, MA 02114. For online condolences and register book, please visit . Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.