Anthony Mullen, prominent Marian advocate and devotee in our times, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 10th. He was a dear friend of TNRS and ASOH. Charlie featured several pieces written by Tony who was filled with zeal for promoting many initiatives of nurturing faith, including Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary and the Flame of Love Movement for which he was the National Director in the United States.
I am indebted to Tony for his love and care when I first stepped into the managing editor role at TNRS. He contacted me right away and offered ongoing words of advice, suggestion, wisdom and affirmation. I loved the way he had culled the special prayers from the Church-approved messages from Jesus and Mary for our times. Then, on Divine Mercy Sunday last year, he presented this collection of prayers and spiritual practices and, with his usual fervor, he challenged us by saying if we wanted to hasten the Triumph of Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, we’d best get crackin’ with the spiritual tasks on his list, simply adding each one, a step at a time, to our daily regimen.
Surely, Tony is interceding for us. Let us pray for the repose of his soul and for strength and consolation for his family and many friends who love him.
From one site dedicated to his apostolic work is this brief bio:
Anthony J. Mullen has served as Chairman of the Children of the Father Foundation since 1997, when he founded the charity as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization under the spiritual direction of Father Shaun Mahoney.
Under his leadership, the foundation has grown to become the world’s largest provider of reduced cost materials on the Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. The MyConsecration.org website represents the latest step in expanding efforts to bring the devotion to every corner of the world.
He was appointed by the Flame of Love Movement of the Immaculate Heart of Mary under Cardinal Peter Erdo to be the Coordinator in the United States for the Movement in 2013.
Mullen is a contributor to The Catholic Standard and Times, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He also has edited several Catholic books and released the DVD “Giving God the Love We Should,” which features Cardinal Justin Rigali.
Mullen is a member of Legatus, the Militia of the Immaculata and the Stewards of St. John Neumann. He has received the St. Maximilian Kolbe Award for outstanding evangelization/outreach from the In His Sign Network.
He was married to Linda Mullen for 33 years until God called her home on February 26, 2013. Linda was the key person who built the Apostolate during the first 10 years. They have four children Kimberly, Andrew, Kelly and Matthew and God gave them two children in law: Quincy and Jessica.
This announcement was posted on Facebook, Sunday, at the “My Consecration to Mary” page:
It is with a heavy heart that I am letting all on our Facebook page know that Anthony Mullen, our National Director, passed away yesterday due to a heart attack. Tony was working hard traveling to events and spreading the Flame of Love. He literally gave all for Our Lady’s Cause-holding absolutely nothing back. He has fought the good fight! (2 Timothy 4:7). Please pray for Tony and his family and our Flame of Love Movement family across the nation and the world. As more information becomes available about arrangements I will post it here.
Tony gave a recent interview and a recent talk posted on this page which explains so well the Flame of Love Movement and the Greatest Grace since the Word Became Flesh. I believe the Holy SPirit through the Immaculate Hands of Our Mother Mary has left us with these gifts of his teachings. I will repost them and move them up the page for easy sharing. We grieve and mourn today but we know that Tony is in Christ and has joined his lovely wife Linda. Today’s reading from Ephesians could not be more perfect:
For by grace you have been saved through faith,
and this is not from you; it is the gift of God;
it is not from works, so no one may boast.
For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works
that God has prepared in advance,
that we should live in them.(Ephesians 2)
Tony lived well the works that were prepared for him in advance, Our Lady’s Causes including widespread distribution and promotion of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary and The Flame of Love Grace! Thank you Tony for helping so many to be formed by the Holy Spirit and Mary so that we would truly be transformed into Christ. Now he is united to Jesus for all eternity! We will pray for you Tony- pray for us!
Tony’s obituary is found here where expressions of condolences, memories and consolation can be left for Tony’s family.
Oh Tony! Blessed be God in the wonder of your being! May your precious soul, through His mercy, rest in peace. And when we, the people of the Kingdom, sing the Song of Thanksgiving with you, Tony, and all the people of Heaven, please lean toward our TNRS ear that our voices may blend in one accord of faith, hope and unending love.