Pastor Emeritus of St. Barnabas
The Apostle, Bellmore

Rockville Centre, New York, February 14, 2007 – Father Edward J. Muhs, Pastor Emeritus of Saint Barnabas the Apostle in Bellmore, died this past Monday, February 12, 2007, he was 82.

Born November 16, 1924 in Brooklyn, Father Muhs grew up in Floral Park and attended Our Lady of Victory Grammar School before he eventually went on to graduate from Bishop Loughlin High School (Class of 1941), Cathedral College (Class of 1945), and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, which he finished in 1951.

Father Muhs was ordained on June 9, 1951 by Bishop Thomas E. Molloy, the third Bishop of Brooklyn, and would go on to serve at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Center Moriches, St. Anne Parish in Brentwood, and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in West Hempstead.

In 1971, Father Muhs was appointed Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Parish in Patchogue and would hold the position for four years until he was transferred to St. Joseph’s Parish in Ronkonkoma where he served until 1980.

In 1982, after serving for two years as Administrator of St. Barnabas the Apostle in Bellmore, he was named pastor, a position he would hold until 1994 when he retired after 14 years of service to the parish. Father Muhs maintained residence at the parish until his passing.

In an April 25, 1965 syndicated feature entitled “Men of the Pulpit,” published in local papers such as the New York Daily News, Father Muhs was profiled as a “curate who is never too busy to cheer.” The feature went on to note his affinity for the New York Mets, the New York Giants, and the New York Knicks, in addition to his responsibilities with the Holy Name Society, the Nocturnal Adoration Society, the parish grammar school (then serving at St. Thomas the Apostle in West Hempstead), and the Inquiry Class for adults, which he taught.

On the diocesan level, Father Muhs served as a procurator advocate in the Tribunal (Marriage Court) and served for many years as a Pre-Cana speaker for engaged couples.

Father Muhs served the church for 56 years and was an important part of the building of the newly formed Diocese of Rockville Centre.

As a diocese we mourn the loss of Father Muhs. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

For information regarding Father Muhs wake and funeral please contact the Office of Communication.

Sean P. Dolan
Director of Communications
516-678-5800, ext. 625
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