Father Wilfred Maloney, longtime pastor and educator, dies at 92 – Catholic Philly


Father Wilfred F. Maloney

Father Wilfred F. Maloney, Pastor Emeritus of St. Alphonsus Parish, Maple Glen, died Aug. 1 at age 92.

Born February 11, 1930 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Father Maloney was the son of the late James J. Maloney and the late Mabel F. Quigley. He attended Roosevelt Public School and Central Catholic High School in Allentown before entering St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood.

Father Maloney was ordained on May 19, 1955 at the Cathedral Basilica SS. Peter and Paul by Bishop John F. O’Hara, CSC

He later served as vicar parochial at Immaculate Conception Parish, Tremont; St. Martin Parish of Tours, New Hope; and Holy Spirit Parish, Sharon Hill. Father Maloney was later appointed pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Maple Glen, and was named pastor emeritus there in 2000. He served as senior priest at Holy Innocents Parish in Philadelphia from 2000 to 2005 before officially taking his retirement.

In addition to his pastoral assignments, Father Maloney was a faculty member at Monsignor Bonner High School, Drexel Hill; Cardinal Dougherty High School, Philadelphia; and Saint-Charles Borromée Seminary. He was also Principal of Archbishop Prendergast Secondary School for Girls in Drexel Hill and a teacher at Chestnut Hill College.

The reception of the body will be held at St. Philip Neri Parish in Philadelphia on August 8 at 10 a.m., followed by a visitation.

Bishop Nelson J. Pérez, DD will celebrate the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. that day. Concelebrating the liturgy, Msgr. Daniel J. Sullivan, Father Edward P. Kuczynski, Bishop Donald E. Leighton and Father James M. Oliver, who will serve as preacher.

Interment will be August 9, 2022 at Resurrection Cemetery in Allentown.

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