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Don Maloney to be Ordained to Transitional Deacon on May 21

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On May 21, 2011, Don Edward Maloney will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate by the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh. The 10:00 a.m. Mass will be celebrated at St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh.

Mr. Maloney was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is the son of Phillip and Sherry Maloney. He has one brother and one sister; they are twins, both two years older than he is. In 1996, at the age of 10, his family moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. His parents and sister reside in the Diocese of Raleigh, and his brother resides in Maryland.

Mr. Maloney attended public high school, then Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. In 2008, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Classical Studies, and Catholic Studies. During his university years he worked for the North Carolina State University Forestry Department during the summers.

Mr. Maloney completed pastoral assignments at St. John the Baptist in Roanoke Rapids and St. Mary's in Laurinburg. After his ordination in May, Mr. Maloney will serve for the summer as Deacon, assigned to one of the parishes in the Diocese. In the fall, he will return to Saint Charles Seminary for a final academic year in continued preparation for the Priesthood.

“Confirmation marked a turning point in my life,” he wrote in a short biography for NC Catholics. “The graces of the sacrament impelled me to seek the Lord both in study and in prayer. I began praying the Rosary. During Lent one year, my friends urged me to give up music and entertainment, after which point my ability to enter into prayer changed dramatically. My attendance at Mass became more fervent. It was this habit of prayer which enabled me to hear the call. I decided to enter the seminary, in spite of not being completely certain of a vocation. It was not until after I had taken the leap of joining seminary that I found confirmation in my vocation.

“Everyone has a natural desire for marriage,” Mr. Maloney said. “It takes an active discernment to discover if you have a sacred vocation. And so I would encourage every Catholic man who is discerning his vocation to pursue virtue, prayer, and study. Keep the rosary ever in hand. Make an offering of yourself to our Eucharistic Lord in the Most Holy Sacrifice. Say to the Lord ‘Thou art my God. My happiness lies in you alone’ (Psalm 16), and you will not hesitate to answer the call when it comes.”