In Memoriam: Rev. Thomas F. Malloy, OSFS

Rev. Thomas F. Malloy, OSFS, a professed Oblate of St. Francis de Sales for 57 years died on December 30, 2016 at the home of his religious community at Childs, Maryland.  He was 77.

Fr. Malloy, son of the late Francis and Catherine McGrann Malloy was born in Philadelphia, PA, in 1939.  After graduating from Northeast Catholic High School in 1957, he entered the Oblate Novitiate and made his first profession of vows in 1959.  Fr. Malloy earned a bachelor and masters of arts degrees in English from Niagara University and a master of arts in theater from Villanova University.  He completed his studies for the priesthood at DeSales Hall School of Theology in Hyattsville, MD.  He was ordained to the priesthood on October 21, 1967, at the Cathedral of SS. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, by the Most Rev. Gerald McDevitt, OSFS, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia. 

Following ordination, Fr. Malloy taught English at Father Judge High School and Northeast Catholic High School in Philadelphia, PA.  He later served in parish ministry in Pennsylvania, Virginia, and North Carolina; he retired in 2013.

“Fr. Malloy was a man committed to the church’s social teaching with a deep devotion,” Rev. James J. Greenfield, OSFS, Oblate provincial said.  “He had an authentic passion for equality, working to ensure that all people were fairly treated by their church, nation, employer, and loved ones.  His voice was strong on behalf of anyone marginalized, and he was widely respected as a minister who sought to bring healing where divisions had emerged.”

In addition to his Oblate religious community, Fr. Malloy is survived by his brother Joseph and several nieces and nephews.  His siblings, Catherine Berna, Helen Salkowski, and Francis Malloy predeceased him. 

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, January 4, at 11 AM, at the Oblates’ Our Lady of Light Chapel, 1120 Blue Ball Road, Elkton, MD  21921.  Viewing will begin at 9 AM.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Oblate Development Fund, 2200 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, DE, 19806.

The parish community of St. Ann Catholic Church in Fayetteville, NC, will celebrate a memorial mass for Fr. Malloy on Thursday, January 5, 7:00 PM.  Fr. Malloy was pastor for 12 years at St. Ann, his last assignment prior to retirement.