Father Patrick J. Malone, SJ, died on July 22, 2014, in hospice care in Omaha, Neb. He was 55 years old, a Jesuit for 21 years, and a priest for 13 years.
Born in St. Paul, Minn., on February 13, 1959, Fr. Malone attended grade school and high school in St. Paul. He graduated from the University of St. Thomas in 1981 and then spent some years with the Peace Corps in Mali before earning an MBA from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. Father Malone entered the Society at the St. Paul Jesuit Novitiate on August 22, 1992. At Spokane and Berkeley, he had the usual Jesuit course of studies; was ordained on June 8, 2001; made tertianship in Weston, Mass.; and professed his final vows on September 28, 2011.
Father Malone taught at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee during his regency, but his assignments after ordination were all in pastoral ministry. Following the September 11 terrorist attacks, Fr. Malone spent six weeks ministering to the needs of recovery workers at Ground Zero. For three years he was an associate pastor at the Church of St. Luke in St. Paul, and he worked in campus ministry at Macalester College in St. Paul. Father Malone spent several years as the spiritual coordinator of the Creighton University ILAC program in the Dominican Republic. In 2009, he moved to Omaha and began work at St. John's Parish. In 2011, he became pastor of St. John's.
Father Malone was a very gifted and successful pastor who, for much of his adult life, periodically struggled with serious health issues. Even after several bone marrow transfusions to deal with his leukemia, he was hospitalized a number of times with life-threatening infections and immune system issues. Father Malone never let his illness define him but focused on ministering to the people he was called to serve.
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