Rev. Myles Francis Muller, Johns Hopkins Hospital chaplain, dies

Rev. Myles Francis Muller, a Roman Catholic priest and retired Johns Hopkins Hospital chaplain, died of respiratory failure April 3 at St. Stephen’s Green at the Mercy Ridge retirement community in Timonium. He was 97.

Born Lawrence Henry Muller in Baltimore, he was the son of Lawrence Barnhart Muller and his wife, Mary Catherine O’Reilly.

He attended St. Elizabeth and Immaculate Conception schools before entering St. John’s Atonement Seminary in Graymoor, N.Y., at age 14.

He joined the Atonement Friars in 1938 and received the name Myles Francis. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a master’s degree in theology from the Catholic University of America.

Cardinal Francis J. Spellman ordained him into the priesthood in 1948 in a ceremony at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.

He celebrated his first Mass at St. Dominic Church in Hamilton and served with the Atonement Friars until joining the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1974.

He then became a chaplain at the Johns Hopkins Hospital.

He retired in 1989.

A biography supplied by the Archdiocese of Baltimore said that Father Muller often worked seven days a week as he assisted patients, families, nurses and physicians at the hospital.

He was a former supervisor for the chaplaincy internship program and oversaw the training of seminarians from St. Mary’s Seminary in Roland Park, where he was a part-time faculty member.

His niece, Mary Lou Engers of Monkton, said Father Muller was an outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and crabbing.

“He was an excellent shot and had been taught to shoot by his mother,” she said.

“He would fish and often said, ‘If something was out there, I enjoy trying to catch it,’” she added.

Father Muller also liked taking part in building projects at the parishes where he had served with the Atonement Friars.

“He led a full and helpful life that focused on serving people, including four generations of his family,” his niece said.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Stella Maris Hospice in Timonium.

In addition to his niece, survivors include many other nieces and nephews.

-- Jacques Kelly

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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