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Thomas M. Mullen

Catholic Chaplain

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    Tom Mullen became part of the Chaplaincy staff in 2013. He has been part of Catholic ministry at Richmond since 2004 through nearby St. Bridget parish as campus minister and in his diocesan assignment as a permanent deacon.

    Deacon Mullen works with students, staff, faculty, and community members to ensure vibrant Catholic life at Richmond through liturgy, service, devotions, education, and social outreach. He is committed to ecumenical and multifaith efforts with other campus religious traditions.

    In addition to his position in the Chaplaincy, Deacon Mullen is the Director of Public Affairs Journalism at the university and also serves as a President's College Fellow, first-year Roadmap advisor and First-Year Seminar professor. He is a faculty advisor for Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and faculty sponsor for the University's Quidditch team.

    Deacon Mullen, a native of New York City, worked in professional journalism for more than 20 years before moving to teaching full-time. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from East Tennessee State University, a master's in media management from Virginia Commonwealth University and did his theological training at St. Meinrad Archabbey School of Theology. He and his wife Betsy, who also teaches journalism at the University, spend considerable time in the mix of the joyful chaos of their four children and 80-pound lap dog.