The Rev. Dr. John Edward Mulvihill, Gratian Professor of Canon Law, has prepared the first internet guide book to the Arctic Northwest Passage. He actually sailed the 6,400 mile Arctic Northwest Passage in 24 days, departing from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, then traversing the Atlantic Arctic Circle, and traveling through the Baffin Sea. He successfully navigated the Arctic Archipelago maze of the 36,563 ice-bound islands and visited several Eskimo settlements. Dr. Mulvihill encountered 28 polar bears, which are usually solitary animals, and sailed north of the Canadian Yukon. He then crossed the Bering Sea and the Pacific Arctic Circle to arrive in Nome, Alaska, being twice seriously delayed by Arctic ice. The sea route of the Arctic Northwest Passage has been closed by pack ice for centuries until sporadic recent openings in 2015.
Dr. Mulvihill directs the GTF’s academic degrees in Tribunal Studies: the Master of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law (M.Tr.S.) and the Doctor of Tribunal Studies in Canon Law (D.Tr.S.), both online programs each requiring a five-day practicum and a thesis.