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Reverend Thomas J. Maloney

Reverend Thomas J. Maloney, Pastor Emeritus of Our Lady of the Eucharist, Pittston, died on the 19th day of June, 2024 at Marywood Heights, Scranton, after having faithfully served the Diocese of Scranton for fifty-nine years.

Reverend Thomas J. Maloney, son of the late Thomas F. and Irene (Woods) Maloney, was born in Avoca on October 23, 1939. A graduate of Scranton Preparatory School, he continued his education at St. Charles Seminary, Catonsville, Maryland.  He completed his studies for the priesthood at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1961 and a Bachelors of Sacred Theology in 1963.  Father was ordained to the priesthood on June 12, 1965 by the Most Reverend Jerome D. Hannan, late Bishop of Scranton.

Father Maloney served as assistant pastor at St. Matthew’s, East Stroudsburg, St. Mary’s of the Immaculate Conception, Wilkes Barre and St. Rose Church, Carbondale.  While serving in his capacity as assistant pastor at St. Mary’s and St. Rose, he taught at St. Mary’s High School, Wilkes Barre and St. Rose High School, Carbondale.

During the summers from 1967 to 1972, Father studied at Marywood College, Scranton, Pa and Loyola University, Chicago, IL and obtained Masters in Religious Education in February 1973.

In 1970, Father was appointed Chaplain at Mercy Heights Hospital, Scranton and Director of Religious Formation at Bishop Hannan High School, Scranton.  In 1972 he was appointed in residence at St. Mary’s Assumption Church, Scranton and Director of Religious Formation at South Catholic High School/Bishop Klonowski High School, Scranton.  Father was appointed Principal at Bishop Klonowski High School, Scranton in July of 1978 and served until September of 1980.

In 1980 Father was appointed Pastor at Holy Child Church, Mansfield where he served for three years and during this time also served as Director of Campus Ministry at Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA.  In 1983 he was assigned pastor at St. Ann’s in Tobyhanna and served in this position until 1985 when he became the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Lake Church, Pocono Pines.  In 1998, he was appointed Pastor at Nativity of our Lord Church in Scranton.  In 2000 was appointed Pastor at Blessed Sacrament in Hughestown.  In June of 2007, Father was appointed Pastor at St. Mary’s Assumption, Pittston and St. Mary, Help of Christians, Pittston, while remaining Pastor of Blessed Sacrament.  In November of 2010 the churches consolidated into the new parish of Our Lady of the Eucharist, Pittston at St. Mary Help of Christian Church where Father remained until his retirement and appointment as Pastor Emeritus in 2015.

After retirement, Father continued to serve the Diocese in his appointment as Administrator pro-tem of St. Elizabeth Parish, Bear Creek in December of 2015 and in May of 2016 he was appointed Sacramental Minister.

Father also served the Diocese as President, Board of Pastors from 1985 to 1987 at Pocono Central Catholic High School Canadensis and at Seton Catholic High School, Pittston from 2003 to 2007.  Father also served as Spiritual Director in the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Formation Program from 1995 to 2000 and on the Diocesan Presbyteral Council from September 2012 until 2015.

Father Maloney celebrated the 50th Anniversary of his Ordination with a Pontifical Mass celebrated by Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L. on June 18, 2015.

Father is survived by cousins, friends, parishioners and caregiver, Sister Mary Ann Cody, IHM.                                    .

Viewing will take place on Sunday, June 23, 2024 at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, 535 N. Main Street, Pittston, PA, 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., followed by a Vesper Service.  A viewing will also be held at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish on Monday, June 24, 2024, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Monday, June 24, 2024, 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, Pittston.  

Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Avoca.

In lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. John Vianney Vocations Endowment Fund, c/o Diocese of Scranton, Office of Development, 300 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, PA 18503.

Arrangements are entrusted to Adonizio Funeral Home, LLC and Paul F. Leonard Funeral Home.

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Tom Jones
Tom Jones
Jun 21

Father Tom was an inspiration not only to the countless parishioners that he touched but his family was so proud of all that he did. As a member of that family everyone should know that he was loved and respected by all of us. His kindness and gentle way was so important at so many times to us and he was always there whenever we asked for his presence. Father Tom was there for all of us in good and bad times and never failed to inspire us to be better people. He will be missed and remembered by everyone who knew him. especially his family that was blessed to have him with us.


Jun 20

Please accept my condolences and prayers ♥️🙏♥️ he was a devoted servant of God and will be fondly remembered May he rest in peace with the Lord ✝️ MaryPat Dessoye

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