Kevin Mulligan was born in Dundalk in County Louth on 15 June 1922. He joined the Capuchin Franciscan Order in October 1941, took Betram as his religious name, and made his solemn vows on 4 October 1945. He was ordained to the priesthood on 16 June 1949. In September 1949 he was sent from Ireland to serve as associate pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Roseburg in Oregon in the United States. His life in ministry in America was mostly connected with parish work. He served as associate pastor at St. Mary’s in Ukiah, California, and in Our Lady of Angels Parish in Hermiston, Oregon. Afterwards, he served as a pastor in St. Aloysius Church in Point Arena, California, in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Fort Bragg, California, and in Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame, California. He also served as a councillor in the Irish Capuchin mission custody in the United States on three separate occasions. Subsequently, he was appointed as a chaplain at the Veterans Hospital in Fresno in California. He was also the first guardian of St. Francis of Assisi Friary in Burlingame in California. In 1998 he was appointed Provincial Archivist for the Western America Capuchin Province. In 2007 he retired to the Mercy Care and Retirement Centre in Oakland, California, where he died on 29 October 2016. He was buried in the cemetery attached to San Lorenzo Seminary at Mission Santa Inés, California.
Baptismal name: Kevin Mulligan
Religious name: Fr. Bertram Mulligan OFM Cap.
Date of birth: 15 June 1922
Place of birth: Dundalk, County Louth
Name of father: Joseph Mulligan
Name of mother: Margaret Mulligan (née Watters)
Date of reception into the Capuchin Order: 3 Oct. 1941
Date of first profession: 4 Oct. 1942
Date of final profession: 4 Oct. 1945
Date of ordination (as priest): 16 June 1949 (St. Eunan’s Cathedral, Letterkenny, County Donegal)
Educational attainments: BA (1945)
Missionary activities: Travelled to the Irish Capuchin mission custody in the Western United States on 5 Sept. 1949
Date of death: 29 Oct. 2016
Place of death: Oakland, California, United States
Place of burial: Cemetery, attached to San Lorenzo Seminary, Mission Santa Inés, California, United States