John C. Maloney, O.S.A.

1935 – 1994 (July 22)

John Charles Maloney was born October 12, 1935, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Dennis Maloney and Helen Quinn. He had two brothers and two sisters. Baptized in Saint Cvril Church, Lansdale, PA., he attended the parochial elementary school and Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA. After his sophomore year he transferred to Augustinian Academy, Staten Island, New York, as a postulant. Upon graduation in 1953, he was accepted into the novitiate at Our Mother of Good Counsel, New Hamburg, N.Y., and professed simple vows on September 10, 1954. Three years later he made his solemn profession at Saint Mary’s Hall, Villanova. He received a B.A. degree from Villanova in June, 1958, and pursued theological studies at Augustinian College, Washington. DC. On June 9, 1962, he was ordained to the priesthood at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington. During the summer months he had taken graduate courses at the Catholic University, and earned a master’s degree in education in 1961.

Father Maloney’s first assignment in 1962 was as a teacher at Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, DC. From 1966 to 1968, he resided at Augustinian College while studying for a doctorate in education at the Catholic University of America. In August, 1968, he was appointed headmaster of Austin Preparatory School in Reading, Massachusetts, and later began teaching at Merrimack College in North Andover, Massachusetts. In 1971 he was assigned to Saint Augustine Parish, Casselberry, Florida, where he worked in campus ministry for the diocese of Orlando. In 1975 he was transferred to Biscayne College, Miami, FL, where he served as Vice President for student affairs. From 1980 to 1986 Father Maloney was engaged in campus ministry at the Florida Institute of Technology, Jensen Beach. In August, 1986, he was transferred to Immaculate Conception Parish, Hoosick Falls, N.Y. as associate pastor. The following year he was assigned on loan to the California Province of Saint Augustine and stationed at Our Mother of Good Counsel Parish in Los Angeles, as associate pastor. It was here that he suffered a near fatal stroke resulting in partial paralysis and an inability to speak. In January, 1988, he was transferred to Saint Thomas Monastery, Villanova.Father Maloney, an educator and administrator was an accomplished musician and author. As a young boy he studied at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and published a collection of poems. Even when incapacitated following his stroke, he was a familiar figure as he navigated about the campus in his wheelchair and engaged nightly card games in the monastery community room. He possessed a wonderful sense of humor and a great love of people. 

On July 22, 1994, at the age of fifty-nine, he died in his room at the monastery. He was a professed religious for forty years and a priest for thirty-two.  A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated July 26th at Saint Thomas of Villanova Church. The main celebrant was Father John E. Deegan, O.S.A., Prior Provincial, and the homilist was Father James E. McCartney, O.S.A. Internment was in the Augustinian section of Calvary Cemetery, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.