David James Mulvihill, J.C.D.

David James Mulvihill is Pietro Cardinal Gasparri Professor of Canon Law.  He is Judge of the Illinois Ecclesiastical Court of Appeals (2004 to date), and also Judge of the Wisconsin Ecclesiastical Court of Appeals (2007-2013). Dr. Mulvihill holds a Doctorate in Canon Law (J.C.D.) from the Gregorian University in Rome (1990) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the Graduate Theological Foundation, with studies at Christ Church College, Oxford (2008). He earned a Diploma in Italic Antiquities from the Università di Perugia per Stranieri, Italy (1970), and a Diploma in Spanish Culture from the Universidad Anáhuac del Sur, in Mexico City (2003). He was ordained a Catholic priest in 1972, and ministered to five parishes in the Chicago area, including 12 years as pastor of Our Lady of Humility Parish in Zion, Illinois (1997-2009). At the same time, under the administration of three Cardinals, he served as an officer of the Chicago Metropolitan Tribunal: Advocate (1973-1984), Judge (1984-1999), and Special Advocate (2011 to date). Dr. Mulvihill taught canon law at St. Xavier University, Chicago. He was created Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem by Pope John Paul II (1991), and the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem awarded him the “Pilgrim Cross” of merit in a ceremony in Jerusalem (1992). Rotary International awarded Dr. Mulvihill a gold medal as “Paul Harris Fellow” (2002), and Marquis Who’s Who Publications congratulated him for being listed in Who’s Who for 25 years (2008). He has been a member of the Canon Law Society of America for thirty years (1982-2012). 

  • “Those Bound to the Canonical Form of the Celebration of Marriage.”  JCD diss., Gregorian University: Rome, 1990
  • “Catholic Volunteers.” PhD diss., Graduate Theological Foundation, 2008. In GTF Website, Academics, Online Thesis Library
Religious Affiliation: 
  • Roman Catholic (Priest) 
General Areas Of Interest:
  • Archeology and Church History 
  • World Culture  
  • Religious Studies 
  • Pastoral Ministry  
Specialized Areas:
  • Catholic Canon Law
  • Pastoral Theology  


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