The chapel at St. Joseph’s Home in Robroyston was crowded on 24 November for the funeral of Fr. John Muldoon who died at St. Joseph’s on 17th November. Archbishop Tartaglia was the principal concelebrant and he was joined by priests from across the diocese and retired priests resident at the Home. The music of the Liturgy was supported by members of the St. Mungo Singers.
Fr. Muldoon was 86 years of age and had retired in 1998. Ordained in 1959 by Archbishop Campbell in St. Andrew’s Cathedral, he had served as a curate in many parishes in the Diocese, including the Cathedral, St. Charles’, St. Saviour’s, Our Holy Redeemer, and St. Peter’s Dumbarton, before going as Parish Priest to St. Leo the Great and then to his final parish, St. Joachim’s. He had also served as Spiritual Director at Cardross and on the Scottish Catholic Broadcasting Commission, as well as a Religious Inspector of Schools.
In his homily Archbishop Tartaglia described Fr. Muldoon as a good man as well as a good priest, friendly and encouraging, and he extended his deepest sympathies to Fr. Muldoon’s family and friends. He remembered from his own experience of him, his great support to Mgr. Brendan Murphy during his long illness. Fr. Muldoon had been well looked after at St. Joseph’s on his retirement and the Archbishop took the opportunity to thank the staff there who provided a warm, secure and happy place for so many retired priests.
Fr. Muldoon had chosen the readings for his funeral (Job 19:1, 23-27;Romans 8:31-35, 37-39; John 6:37-40) with their common thread of faith and hope, the Archbishop noted, and they appropriately expressed Fr. Muldoon’s faith.