Reverend Conan Patrick Mulrooney, O. Praem.

June 23, 1931 – September 26, 2021

Father Conan Patrick Mulrooney, O. Praem., age 90, a member of the Norbertine Community of St. Norbert Abbey, De Pere, WI, and a Norbertine priest, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on September 26, 2021.

Fr. Mulrooney was born on June 23, 1931 in Rhinelander, WI to the late Frank and Catherine (Morrison) Mulrooney.  His home parish was St. Peter the Fisherman, Eagle River, WI.

He entered St. Norbert Abbey and was vested as a novice on August 28, 1961. He professed Simple Vows on August 28, 1963 and Solemn Vows on May 14, 1967. Fr. Mulrooney was ordained to the Priesthood on September 21, 1967.

Fr. Mulrooney received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN in 1953. He then went on to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, where in 1959 he received a Bachelor of Pharmacy. In 1976, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and received his Master’s Degree in Marketing. 

While he resided at St. Norbert Abbey, he assumed the roles of Mission Procurator, Vocation Director, and for many years was the Director of the Mail Campaign. For 12 years he worked as an assistant to the Vice President in the Office of Development at St. Norbert College. He received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from Duquesne University during that time.

Over the next few years, he completed a program in Clinical Pastoral Education at the Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village, IL. In 1988, Fr. Mulrooney received certification by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Subsequently, he served as a chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI, where he spiritually administered to the needs of many people.

Fr. Mulrooney is survived by the Norbertine Community; nephews: Brian Mulrooney and Tim Mulrooney; cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Michael Mulrooney and Francis Mulrooney.


Visitation will be held at the church of St. Norbert Abbey, beginning at 9:30am on Monday, October 4, 2021 until 10:15am. Please enter through the main Church doors only. Masks are encouraged for those attending. 

The Mass of Christian Burial expressing our faith and hope in the promised glory of the Lord’s Resurrection will be at 10:30am. The Rt. Rev. Dane J. Radecki, O. Praem., Abbot of St. Norbert Abbey, will serve as the principal celebrant, and the Rt. Rev. Gary J. Neville, O. Praem., Abbot Emeritus, will serve as the homilist.

Burial will be in the St. Norbert Abbey Cemetery at a later date. 

The Norbertine Community would like to thank the nurses and staff at St. Norbert Abbey and everyone at Unity Hospice who cared for Fr. Mulrooney.

Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of the arrangements.