On May 26, Reverend Francis G. Maloney celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for his fifty years of priestly service. The Mass was celebrated at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Southern Pines, NC. He was surrounded by many family, friends and brother priests.
Presiding in Choir were Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh and Most Reverend F. Joseph Gossman, Bishop Emeritus of Raleigh. Some twenty-five ordained clergy were in attendance. Reverend Monsignor Michael P. Shugrue, Pastor of Saint Patrick Catholic Church in Fayetteville, was the homilist.
“We give thanks to the Lord for sharing the priesthood of Fr. Frank with us,” Monsignor Shugrue said. “For the last 50 years, God has visited us with this priest so that countless people have heard the Gospel, celebrated the Sacraments and seen the Gospel lived each day.”
At the conclusion of Mass, Bishop Burbidge noted how appropriate it was to celebrate such an anniversary in The Year for Priests. “Pray daily,” he asked those in attendance, “that more men in the midst of so many conflicting voices will be able to hear the Lord calling them to serve Him as His priest and will respond generously.” He continued, “We need priests who are filled with missionary spirit, who are filled with zeal, on fire with love for the Lord and His Church and willing, like Jesus, to serve without counting the costs. In other words, we need more Fr. Maloneys.”
Fr. Maloney was ordained for the Diocese of Raleigh on May 26th, 1960 by Bishop Vincent S. Waters at Assumption Parish in Charlotte. He served eleven assignments in his fifty years, beginning his Priesthood in Newton Grove at the first desegregated Parish in the Diocese. Fr Maloney retired on July 5th, 2000 while Pastor of Saint Mary, Mother of the Church in Garner.
Fr. Maloney thanked all those attending the celebration, saying, “Without the company of Jesus, I couldn’t have made the journey.”
Above: Father Francis G. Maloney celebrating his 50th Anniversary Mass, May 26, at Saint Anthony of Padua Church in Southern Pines with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge and Bishop Emeritus F. Joseph Gossman joining family, friends and priests of the Diocese.
Below: Father Francis G. Maloney being greeted by friends following celebration of his anniversary Mass.