As a freshman in college, G.E. “Buddy” Mullan offered to attend religious instruction with a friend who wanted to marry a Catholic woman. It was Mullan who ended up converting to Catholicism, a faith to which he devoted much of his life and his career.
Mullan went on to become an internationally recognized painter who made religious art and a founding parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in San Antonio. His painting “San Antonio de Yanaguana,” presented as an official gift to Pope John Paul II during the papal visit to San Antonio in 1987, is part of the Vatican collection.