October 29, 1924 ~ July 19, 2005

Born in: Green Bay, WI,
Resided in: Candler, NC

The Reverend Father George Anthony Maloney, 80, died Tuesday, July 19, 2005, at the home of John Michael Zboyovski II, 114 Challedon Drive, Candler. The Reverend Father John Sr., and Pani Cynthia Zboyovski were present at Fr. Maloney’s falling asleep in the Lord. Father Maloney was born in Green Bay, WI and the son of the late George J. and Catherine Karbowski Maloney. He was a former Jesuit priest, and more recently a priest in the Eastern Orthodox Church assigned to SS Joseph and Andrew Orthodox Church and the retreat ministry of Stillpoint Contemplative Ministries in Candler, North Carolina. He was ordained in Rome as a priest of the Russian Byzantine Rite April 18, 1957, and earned a doctorate in Oriental Theology June 21, 1962, summa cum laude from the Pontifical Institute, Rome. Fr. Maloney was founder/director of the John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies at Fordham University, where he taught Oriental theology and spirituality on the master and octoral levels. In 1965, he launched an ecumenical journal, Diakonia, to promote dialogue between Orthodox Christians and Roman Catholics, and served as editor of all the Eastern articles for the New Catholic Encyclopedia. A Jesuit, fluent in seven languages, including Russian and Greek, he had traveled extensively throughout Europe, in Russia, Greece, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Turkey, as well as spending two summers on Mt. Athos (The Holy Mountain) in an attempt to meet the Eastern Christian groups and to understand their religious background. Fr. Maloney was an internationally known Director of Contemplative Ministries, Seal Beach, CA, and had established himself as a noted retreat director. A passionate and renowned author, he had published over 80 books, journals and articles, translated into numerous languages, on theology, true prayer, and Eastern Christian Spirituality for Western Christians. He is survived by a sister, Joyce Oldenburg and three brothers, General Emmons S. Maloney (USA, Ret.), Clayton Maloney and Denis Maloney. He was preceded in death by a brother Vernis J. Maloney. An evening memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville. The funeral service will be conducted by His Eminence, The Most Reverend Metropolitan NICHOLAS of Amissos (The American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A.), an ECUMENICAL PATRIARCHATE OF CONSTANTINOPLE, at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will follow in the cemetery of SS Joseph and Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church, Candler. The Reverend Father John M. Zboyovski, the Reverend Father Mark Tyson, and the Reverend Father Robert Buczak will assist. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to SS Joseph and Andrew Eastern Orthodox Church, 818 Monte Vista Road, Candler, NC 28715. The memorials will be used for the writing of an Icon of the Great Martyr, Saint George.

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  1. Father Maloney has been and always will be, one of the most possitive influences on my Religious journey. His Eastern Caholic Spirituality gave me hope when I was down and out. I love the man.

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  2. I learned all about christian mysticism from your books and tapes.I just found out you died . god bless i’ll see you in heaven. sincerely fred

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  3. An old friend from my days in Cleveland, OH. May his memory be eternal and may he rest in peace
    Fr Philip

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  4. By the grace of God, I had the opportunity of knowing Fr. Maloney many years ago while he was still teaching at Fordham University in the Bronx and I made several retreats back then, one being Holy Week when he instilled in me a devotion and deeper understanding of the Eucharist. I became reacquainted with him only two years ago when I was blessed to attend another 5-day retreat in California, the theme of which was the title of his latest book ‘The Undreamed has Happened: God Lives Within Us.’ It was a powerful retreat and as he often would say ‘The Trinity Indwells Us’ and ‘I know that I know that I know’. Well, I know that he is now in a heavenly place with the saints and we now have him to intercede for us before the Blessed Trinity. What greater gift could we ask for? The ‘Maloneyites’ will miss him greatly as he was dearly loved and admired not only as a brilliant theologian but as a priest who exuded love and kindness at all times to everyone who was blessed to meet him throughout his lifetime. Now, the Words of the Lord echo in my mind as he is being welcomed into the Kingdom he preached so eloquently about ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.’
    Agape love,
    Mary Hart

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  5. A very dear and beloved friend for so many years,Fr.Maloney was a friend, a spiritual director and
    retreat master to me.

    I made my last retreat with Fr. Maloney in Aug., 2003 in Calif.

    God love you my friend and
    now you are also with my parents, John and Maria Schmidt.

    Please continue to pray for me in heaven.

    Love,
    Louise Schmidt

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  6. May God reward Fr. George for all the outstanding work he did for the people of God, his books, his sermons, his retreats.
    May the soul of the Priest-Servant of God rest in a place of light, a place of happiness, a place of peace, where there is no pain, no grief, no sighing, but everlasting life. May his memory be eternal.

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  7. Dear Father George, May Christ our true God, forgive you all your sins and receive you in His everlasting Kingdom where there is no pain, no sighing but only everlasting life and the joy of His Beloved Presence.

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  8. I was very sorry to hear of Father George’s passing. I’ll always remember how he started each day with a smile and a swim. I’ll especially remember him taking up the computer late in life and will always respect his willingness to humble himself while learning to master such a ‘useful tool’.

    May he always rest in peace

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  9. Memory eternal to the hieromonk George. His love for the Eastern Churches, Catholic and Orthodox, was outshined only by his love for the Lord, one in the Holy Trinity.
    Fr. Andriy Chirovsky, S.Th.D.
    Founder, Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Canada

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  10. eternal rest for Father Maloney. as a Russian Byzantine Catholic, I felt the loss of him from amongst us. I know he was a blessing to the Orthodox as he was to us.

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  11. Thank You, LORD, for shining so brightly through Your servant, Fr. Maloney. He has fed Your sheep in a most profound way. Fr. Maloney showed by example You have no walls around Your Heart. His life was great blessing and I am eternally grateful.
    Kathleen

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  12. I have heard much about Father George from my native Greek-Orthodox comrades, although never conversed to him; but several years ago I read his issue of St. Symeon the New Theologian and was burnt with my flesh to the bone…

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  13. I only recently learned that Father George had died. He was my mentor for my MA and also tried to assist me in getting into the Pontifical Oriental.

    A true Child of the Christian East, he inspired me to pursue studies of the Christian East even through great adversity but more importantly to enter into the prayer of the East which has made all the difference.

    There is one less voice among us here in the the ‘already but not yet’ Reigning of God on earth but a new star shines brightly above guiding us toward the Taboric light!

    Eternal memory!

    Francis

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  14. Father, you are a true priest who opened the eyes of my heart to the beauty of the Trinitarian Communion of love. Please continue to pray for the two lungs, East and West, to breathe together again.

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  15. Father George started many of us on a spiritual journey toward a ‘christiocentric centered life’ as our spiritual director at Saint Basil Seminary. Memory Eternal!

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  16. Le Christ est ‘l’unique Médiateur entre Dieu et les hommes.'(1 Tm2,5). Resserre sans cesse ton intimité avec lui, le Dieu juste et fidèle, ‘lent à la colère et plein d’amour’ (Ex 34,6). Tu fais partie du peule qui porte son nom. Tiens-toi sur la brèche devant le Seigneur, comme Moïse après l’apostasie de son peuple. Intercède pour le monde livré aux forces du mal. L’intercession des disciples participe du combat mystérieux entre la Lumière et les ténèbres. Tu as pris définitivement ton rang parmi ‘les bons soldats du Christ Jésus'(1 Tm 2,3). Ainsi mènes-tu ‘le bon combat'(1 Tm 1,18). La récompense réservée à ces combattants sera éclatante (Parvis Jan 2000 -365 jours avec mon ange gardien,).
    From our deepest hearts we express our gratitude for what you’ve done for us in July 1998.

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  17. Fr. George, thank you for being an inspiration in my life to follow Jesus. Whenever, I read your books or listened to your preaching, it always left me with a desire to pray. You often shared about how when a loved one of yours died, in faith, they can be present to you. And now, you are no longer limited by your physical body to be present to everyone of us who wants to be present to you.

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  18. Thank you to one of my spiritual guides, I’ve read and re-read your works on Desert Spirituality and the Trinity many, many times – until we meet again.
    A friend,
    hermit John

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  19. My mom came home one day so excited and said, ‘Write this down, write this down.’ (She had just had a private meeting with Father Maloney to get some help dealing with the death of my dad. My parents had been married for 62 years.) And so I wrote this down: ‘ It is not where I breathe that I live but where I love.’ This became my mom’s favorite saying and since my mom’s passing has become my favorite saying. Thank you Father Maloney. I hear Father speak once and he said that when he says Mass he can’t lament his father’s death because at that moment he is separated but by a veil, and that is how it is with our loved ones too. I did know you died and for whatever reason it is not a coincidence that I happended on this page today. I know you are with my mother and she is talking your ear off!

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  20. He was a leader. He was a friend of mine. I left Ca.. returned and tried to find him, he was gone. But I learned so much and experienced so much by him. I need to contact his family to find phamplets he wrote where he had mass and was a mixture of Byzantine and Latin..if you can help email me please..hairdresseranon@hairdresser.net

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  21. I received guidance from Fr Maloney in the 1980’s and was saddened to learn of his death. I am thankful and honored to have known this decent human being.

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  22. I first met Fr Maloney over 10 years ago as a guest speaker at my church. I just ran into his book on my shelf and felt his calmness over me. After looking him up online I am sorry to see he has passed without being able to listen to him once again. He was a very special person – one that doesn’t come along often.

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  23. I just learned of Father Maloney’s death. I heard him speak twice. Once at a retreat in Pineville, LA and then we drove to Houston, TX to hear him. Both times I could understanding how the crowd flocked to hear Jesus speak. The love and peace with which Father Maloney spoke must have been something like how our Savior spoke. I have read several of his books, each a profound blessing. I will never forget him.

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  24. Father George was my mentor in the 1970’s. He would come to visit my family in Moorestown, NJ from his home at Fordham.
    He will remain forever in my mind the walking angel of humility and academic genius.
    I often times remember the man visiting our home with holes in his shoes.
    Father Maloney lived richly a life of poverty and prayer.
    Someday George will be recognized for his incredible contributions to the Church and man’s ultimate desire to find God within.

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  25. I was very close as part of the Contemplative Ministries,,later became’his Personal Hairdresser’ when he lived in CA. We would have Mass in Bolsa Ca. where he was staying,and then would cut his hair for him.thought so highly of him. Will miss him even though the last few years I lost touch after he moved to Seal Beach, Ca and El Segundo,CA. If anyone reads this,I have since lost favorite guide he wrote for all his members to follow mass that added Eastern prayers/doxology to Roman Mass. I so miss it.the prayers were so very beautiful.I moved and misplaced it.can anyone help me on this? Barbara Barker po box 1777,Hesperia, Ca. 92340 there was also a man that lived with him a while,and he was married, I have since forgotten his name,I believe he lived in El Segundo at the time? I later found out thru the Paulist Press Book store in Costa Mesa CA thru the mgr,since passed that knew him well,That Fr. Geo had passed and that this other man I mentioned here above had become a priest?, 2012

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  26. Something that is not often mentioned is his deep interest in neo-paganism. This comes out in his book, which I love, called ‘Invaded by God: Mysticism and the indwelling Trinity’. I wanted to contact him and get to know him, but he died before I could get around to it.

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  27. Hi my name is Paul Azar and I found his book Pilgrimage of the Heart at St. Raymond’s Cathedral in St. Louis 10 years ago.
    Today is July 3rd 2015 and my book is falling apart so I decided to go on line and see if I could get a Hard Copy.
    St. Raymond’s is a Eastern Christian Maronite Church.
    This book Pilgrimage of the Heart speaks to me like no other book I have ever read.
    The profound thing that happened today is the fact that I am going to walk 2,678 miles from Seal Beach California to the Vietnam Wall and the Reflecting Pool in Washington D. C.starting in January of 2016, I noticed the fact that Father had a brother who is a retired Army General and had God not lead me to this site today I would have never know that the Father resided at Seal Beach. If any one can get ahold of Father’s brother the General tell him that God wants you to call me. Butch Azar at 573-245-6567 home or cell 573-578-1286.

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  28. Having met and admired Father Maloney very much, I now add him (after 10 years!) with in the prayer list for the ordained in my area who are deceased.

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  29. I remember Father Maloney well from his celebratong of the Byzantine Liturgy at a small Russian Greek Catholic Church in El Segundo california…he was a nice man and very humble. I could also detect that he was a hard worker for the Lord…RIP Father…

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  30. I am deeply indebted to Father Maloney whose books printed by IJA publications, Bangalore, India opened my eyes to the reality of Christ in me. I read his books between 2002-2010. I never knew about his crossing over to God. May God reward Father Maloney for the priceless work he did, for permitting low cost paper backs accessible to us on the true spirit of evangelism. I deeply condole his death and grieve that this familiar but stranger teacher of mine is no longer with us in physical form. But I am sure he will continue to draw others to the Mystery of Christ in us. Love you Father, in Christ.

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  31. while a resident in a half-way House for women in Erie,Pa.Father Maloneys’ book ‘Broken but Loved’ was on the shelf for me..since 1988 ,that book has been my companion,sits right here next to me as I write.The most perfect book for me at that time I was Broken, but not loved,,so I thought.. Because of the depth and breadth of this book< I have a new relationship with My God, and have learned to love and forgive myself that I may love others..Thank You, Father Maloney..looking forward to meet one glorious day

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  32. I met Fr. Maloney in 1999 when he came to Marywood Retreat Center in Jacksonville, FL. As soon as I met him, I knew that he was a gift from God to me. He was my mentor until his death. I was blessed to make several of his retreats and I visited him several times in North Carolina and had the opportunity to pray for him a few days before his death.
    My only consolation is that I have all of his books and I reflect/pray on them every day. See you in heaven, Fr. George. G.S

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  33. Fr. George, I was the blind woman to whom you gave sight. I guess you know that now. That baby girl you met when you visited my home and schooled me in contemplative prayer is now a grown woman and like me has become a theologian. We both treasure the fruits of your teachings living within us. Please guide us as we write so we might speak more clearly the truth of Jesus Christ and the loving dynamic reality of the Trinity. We look forward to seeing you again, in God’s time.

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  34. My very condolences. I pulled one of Rev. Dr. Maloney’s 1970s book from my shelf and wondered about his fate. ;-(

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  35. May I most humbly offer most belated Condolences on the loss of Reverend Dr. George Maloney S.J. in 2005. While I I studied in classes at the Rose Hill Campus of Fordham University, Bronx, New York in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education from 1980 to 1985. With Dr. Gloria Durka, Ph.D.
    Dr. John Elliias, ED.D., and Dr. John Nelson, Ph.D., S.T.D, Vincent Novak, S.J. Ph.D. and Joseph Novak, S.J., Ph.D. Both the Theology Department in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and GSRE are all gratefully acknowledge the depth of Love George Maloney, S.J. had for bringing
    together both the Ecumenical Western and Eastern branches of Christendom
    through his over many 80 works, and countless articles, and authority level research. Eternal Rest Grant unto him, and May Perpetual Light Shine upon him. In the Heavenly City of Jerusalem as he passed through the Gates into Paradise.

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  36. Dear Father George saved my life. I’m cleaning out my home and I am reminded of all of the wonderful retreats that Father George directed in NYC. He’s the only priest who taught me how to live through life’s challenges. Take them to Jesus; pray the Jesus prayer. ‘How can you be lonely when the Holy Trinity lives within you.’ And, most important… he taught me that carving out ‘quiet time’ is not being selfish; it is a necessity. Thank you Jesus, for allowing me to know ‘the great George M.’. Pray for us, Father George, until we meet again.

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  37. He was influential in my spirituality through some retreats I attended and books I read through the Charismatic Renewal. It was genuine, deep, authentic Catholic prayer. I am grateful for that profound and maturing influence that deepened my faith to enabled me to mentor others.

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