Dennis Brown | April 5, 2020
In the summer of ’62, Edward “Monk” Malloy and a group of other University of Notre Dame students made a service trip to Mexico under the auspices of the University’s Council for the International Lay Apostolate. When the contingent made a trip to the center of the country and stopped at the Basilica of Cristo Rey, young Malloy found himself alone while others went exploring.
In the second book of his three-part autobiography, he wrote: “All was quiet and I soon found myself in a state of reverie. It was as though time stood still and all the cares of the moment had dissipated. I was at peace. How long I remained so disposed I cannot say. All I know is that I had a sudden and compelling sense that I was being called to become a priest.”
The call never diminished, and after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English in the spring of 1963, he entered the candidate program of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame’s founding religious community. He was ordained in 1970.
Today, April 4, marks the 50th anniversary of his ordination.
“On behalf of the entire Notre Dame community, we express our profound gratitude to Monk for his visionary leadership and invaluable contributions as president, priest-in-residence, and member of the Department of Theology faculty,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “On a personal note, I am deeply grateful for Monk’s wise counsel, for his steadfast friendship, and for his example as a faithful Holy Cross priest over many years.”
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