John S. Mulholland, who in 1964 became one of the first lay lectors in the Archdiocese of Washington, died on April 5, Holy Thursday, at the age of 88.

A native of Manhattan, he was raised in the Bronx where he attended St. Frances of Rome (Presentation Sisters), Mt. St. Michael Academy (Marist Brothers) and Manhattan College (Christian Brothers). His 16 years of Catholic education inspired his notion that his four sons would receive the same. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and later became a special agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, from which he retired in 1978.

He is survived by his wife, Jane and by their four sons, John, Kevin, Brian, and William Mulholland.

Mulholland was active at St. John Baptist de la Salle Parish in Chillum, where, in addition to being a pioneer lay lector, he served as president of the Holy Name Society, Men's Club, and Parish Council.

A daily Mass attendant and communicant, Mulholland kept a 3x5 card on the visor of his Bureau car with notes of all the parishes that had noontime Masses. He would attend the one he was closest to on his "lunch hour," his son, Brian, remembered.

"The greatest gift my father ever gave me was his love for Jesus Christ and His Mother Mary," Brian Mulholland said. "His faith was so very genuine. That he died on Holy Thursday was no coincidence. His love for the Eucharist and the Liturgy was demonstrated every day of his life."

John S. Mulholland was later a member of St. Andrew Apostle Parish in Silver Spring, and Our Lady of Grace Parish in Leisure World. His concelebrated Memorial Mass was held April 14 at Our Lady of Grace.