Rev. Richard Malloy, S.J., Appointed Vice President for University Ministries

Rev. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., has been appointed vice president for university ministries at The University of Scranton. Rev. Malloy takes over for the departing Fr. Terry Devino, S.J., who accepted a new assignment as the Special Assistant to the President of Boston College and Director of Manresa House.
University of Scranton President Rev. Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., has announced the appointment of Rev. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., as vice president for university ministries, effective July 1, 2010. He will arrive in Scranton in August after serving for two months as a Catholic chaplain in Yellowstone National Park. In his role, he will lead the University Ministries Division, which includes Campus Ministries, the International Service Program and the Community Outreach Office.

“Father Malloy brings a combination of pastoral and academic experience gained through decades of work in campus and community settings,” Fr. Pilarz said. “He is a passionate advocate for students, and I know that you will all join me in welcoming him to Scranton.”

“I feel very blessed to be sent to Scranton,” said Father Malloy. “For all my years as a Jesuit, it has been well known that The University of Scranton, and the people and church in Scranton have shown great support and respect to Jesuits missioned to serve here. Such a long standing relationship has special claims on the resources and affections of the Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus. I hope to be able in some small manner to build on all that has gone before, especially the work of Fr. Terry Devino, S.J., and Fr. Tom Masterson, S.J., two of the great Jesuits who have preceded me in this position.”

A cultural anthropologist by discipline, Father Malloy’s areas of research and interest include poverty in urban areas, Latinos and immigration, the interaction between Catholic higher education and contemporary culture and the interaction of current cultural trends with the understanding, practice and living of our faith. His book, A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century, won the second place award from the Catholic Press Association in 2008 in the category of Best Presentation of the Catholic Faith. He has published numerous articles in Catholic newspapers, magazines and other publications including “The Truly Catholic University” and “Liberating Students – From Paris Hilton, Howard Stern and Jim Beam” that appear in George Traub’s A Jesuit Education Reader (2008). He has also led and presented at many retreats and workshops.

Father Malloy serves as an assistant professor of cultural anthropology and sociology and as the director of the Intercultural Foundations Program at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. Previously, he served as interim director of campus ministry and as an assistant professor of anthropology and sociology at St. Joseph’s University, also in Philadelphia. While at St. Joseph’s, he served as a Jesuit faculty in residence in a freshman residence hall. Previously, he served as the superior of the Jesuit Community in Camden, N.J., and as associate pastor of Holy Name Church in Camden (1988-2003).

Entering the Jesuits in 1976, Fr. Malloy earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from St. Louis University and a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from Temple University. He earned a master’s of divinity and a S.T.L. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. During his Jesuit training, Fr. Malloy served for three years (1981-1984) in Osorno and Santiago, Chile. He is fluent in Spanish. He was ordained in 1988.

An avid fisherman, Fr. Malloy notes, “One of my saddest days was hearing a few years ago that Pennsylvania no longer stocks trout in Chapman Lake. But I know there are still big bass in there.”