Fr. J. Patrick Mullen
  Biblical Studies, NT
  St. John's Seminary
  Camarillo, California
(805) 389-2017 

A priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Fr. Pat is the Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, New Testament, at St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo. He was born and raised in Holy Family Parish in Glendale, CA. He served in two local area parishes after his ordination – St. Margaret Mary’s in Lomita and St. John Vianney’s in Hacienda Heights. He is a member of both the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature.

Fr Pat


is a regular speaker at the LA Religious Education Congress, the Bible Institute, and the Liturgical Formation Days of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles,


has also spoken at the San Diego Annual Conference for Church Ministers, the Diocese of Boise Fall Conference, the Winter Hope Conference for the Diocese of Reno, and the Annual Diocesan Conference for the Diocese of Las Vegas.


has given retreats and continuing education seminars to priests in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Rosa, San Diego, Salt Lake City and Phoenix,


is a regular contributor to Homily Helps, put out by St. Anthony Messenger Press.

His most recent publications include:


Dining with Pharisees (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, October 2004).


“Reconsidering Live: John the Baptist’s Wilderness Invitation to Repentance,” The Bible Today (March 2007)


“‘As Paul Talked On and On’ (Acts 20:9): Preaching on the Second Reading,” Liturgical Ministry Fall, 2004


Ph.D., Biblical Studies, New Testament, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
S.T.L., Sacred Theology, Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley 
M.Div., St. John’s Seminary, Camarillo
B.A., Philosophy, St. John's Seminary, Camarillo
  (The following are a sample of presentations that Fr. Pat has offered in the past)

New Testament

"'In the Beginning was the Word': Doing Beginning Bible Studies"
Newcomers to the study of scripture have special needs. Contemporary Roman Catholic Biblical scholarship offers profound insights into God’s word for us. Bible study leaders need to share this knowledge with beginners with special care so that the insights can both challenge and instruct, yet not destroy those whose faith is based on faulty or weak foundations. This workshop will offer practical suggestions for those who lead others in the study of the Bible.

"The Passions of Jesus"
A comparison of the four Passion stories of Jesus that helps us approach his death in a variety of ways, pastorally and homiletically. This is intended for preachers, Bible study leaders, those preparing catechumens to enter into Holy Week with profound appreciation for Jesus’ saving ministry, and for all believers, encouraging the participants to see how differences between the Gospels encourage us to use the different presentations to respond to varying pastoral needs. Bring your Bibles!

"The Women in the New Testament"
Beginning with Mary, his mother, Mary Magdalene, Martha, Mary, and others, this session will examine both how Jesus’ life and ministry were encouraged and assisted by holy women, and also how, particularly from Luke’s perspective, Jesus responded to their needs and concerns.

"Jesus the Jew"
Loving and being devoted to our Lord Jesus requires us to take seriously one of the least appreciated and understood aspects of Jesus’ life, that is, His roots in Judaism. The Bible is clear that both He and His parents were steeped in all that was best in their culture, and that they were concerned to be faithful to their Jewish  beliefs and practices. This  workshop  will seek to increase our understanding of Jesus’ devotion to his own religious root in order to expands our appreciation of how and what Jesus taught, why he had to die and why we might want to imitate Him with a similar  appreciation for contemporary Judaism.

"'To What Shall I Liken the Kingdom of God’: Using Parables to Teach Like Jesus”
Jesus’ parables have caught the attention of believers from the beginning by their vivid earthiness, teasing us by their openness to varying interpretations. This workshop takes a careful and critical look at these parables, studies their success as a teaching method, and strategizes how to imitate Jesus in the use of modern imagery.

  "'Wives, be Submissive to Your Husbands': Dealing with Difficult Passages"
Scripture, a cooperative effort between God and inspired writers, offers believers many beautiful and inspiring teachings. There are also some difficult statements, though, on roles of husbands and wives, the obedience of slaves to their masters, the destruction of the inhabitants of the Promised Land, etc. This session is aimed at providing constructive strategies for interpreting these and other difficult passages for both believers and those who teach them.
  "'I Saw a Beast with Ten Horns and Seven Heads!': Making Sense Out of the Book of Revelation"
The Book of Revelation is a hot topic among fundamentalists. As a result, Catholic educators are frequently called upon to explain the Church’s understanding of the Book of Revelation This workshop will offer clear and simple guidelines for understanding apocalyptic literature, according to solid Catholic teaching.
  "Biblical Fundamentalism   "
Our Catholic understanding of the Bible is too beautiful to allow less attractive and unsatisfying fundamentalist interpretations to guide our spiritual lives. This session will provide strategies for helping RCIA  instructors and parish Bible study leaders to understand the roots of fundamentalism, and to help them move adults from fundamentalist approaches to more satisfying, liberating Catholic uses of the Bible. Bring your Bible.
  "Bible Basics  "
This workshop offers beginners a chance to understand  both the importance and the difficulties involved in careful interpretation of the Bible. It is intended for those who are new to Biblical study.
  "The Bible on Belonging: a Scriptural Take on Multi-Culturalism"
Questions concerning who belongs among God’s people haunt the Hebrew Bible and explode in the New Testament. The Sacred Scriptures provide us with spectacular insight into how we can successfully address the many cultures that find their home in the Roman Catholic Church in America. This session examines the early Church’s response and considers how this should help us transform our world and our parishes today.
  "Dining with Pharisees: Taking a Second Look at First Century Judaism"
This session will reexamine the evidence from the first century of what it meant to be a Pharisee and Jew, to help us understand both Jesus and his contemporaries. Jesus was born to a Jewish family, lived the life of a faithful Jew, regularly dined with Pharisees, and died with a placard over his head proclaiming that he was the King of the Jews. It is ironic that Christian preaching and teaching have too often disparaged Pharisees and Judaism. To understand First Century Judaism is to know Jesus’ starting place and cultural home.
  "God's Self-Revelation in Scripture"
This four to five hour series is intended for high school and youth ministry leaders to bring them up to date and broaden their understanding of the Church's teaching on the Bible as a whole, with talks on the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, the Gospels and Paul's writings.

"Preaching the Gospel of Mark"
This workshop series is intended for priests, seminarians and lay pastoral ministers who will be preaching on the Gospel of Mark during Year II of the Liturgical Year. Covering the theology and social location of the community of Mark, it will aid the preacher understand the uniqueness of Mark's message, especially as it pertains to the life and ministry of parish ministers. With approximately 12-14 hours of content, this workshop covers two to three days in length.

            Two Day Workshop
"Cultural Anthropology & Scripture

Session One: Walking in Their Sandals and Eating Their Food: Understanding the Ancients through Cultural Anthropology

Session Two: How the Story of Noah Came to Be: Pagan Roots and Exilic Contexts

Session Three: “Have a Little Wine for the Sake of Your Stomach” (1 Tim 5:23): Health Care in the Ancient World

Session Four: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” (Col 2:21): Ritual Purity in Judaism and Early Christianity

Session Five: “It is a Good Thing for a Man Not to Touch a Woman” (1 Cor 7:1): How Women and Men Related, Biblically



Liturgy and Scripture

Lector Enrichment

"Speak To The Israelites!: Lectors As God's Prophets For Our Time."
Aiming to help lectors develop a spirituality for their ministry, this workshop will draw the appropriate connections between their modern role in the liturgy, and the ancient office of the prophet. Using both scripture and the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, Fr. Pat will address several issues: the importance of preparation; why our posture matters; why we “do it that way;” and most prominently, the importance of being a spokesperson for God.


"A Glance Behind the Veil – Liturgy, the Early Church, and Scripture"
This workshop is aimed at serious parish or diocesan liturgists who would like to deepen their understanding of the earliest roots of Christian liturgy. It focuses on the Jewish Temple and synagogue prayer, as well as the religious life of the ancient Greeks and Romans to highlight their influences on the religious practices of our own ancestors. It then moves to the New Testament to consider evidence of our earliest liturgical practices.