Fr. Rick Malloy, S.J., was born at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and earned a doctorate at in Cultural Anthropology from Temple (He hasn’t gone very far in life!) His dissertation was an ethnographic study of Puerto Rican leaders in Camden, NJ.
After graduating from of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, he attended Lafayette College in Easton, PA, and then entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Wernersville, PA. While in Jesuit formation, he spent two years teaching High School in Osorno, Chile and one year in Pastoral work in Santiago.
Fr. Malloy earned a B.A. in Philosophy summa cum laude from Saint Louis University, and M.Div and S.T.L. degrees from Weston School of Theology. His S.T.L. thesis was entitled, Lonergan and Sobrino: Theologians for the Americas and Beyond.
For 15 years (1988-2003), Fr. Malloy lived and worked at Holy Name Church in Camden, NJ, as a member of the Jesuit Urban Service Team. In 1995, while commuting from Camden, he began teaching at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. For two years (2003-2005) he served as Interim Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Joseph’s.
In September 2008 he accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. He serves as a Chaplain and lives in a student dorm. He is moderator of “Hooked on the Hill,” the Chestnut Hill College Fishing club.
His book, A Faith That Frees: Catholic Matters for the 21st Century, (Orbis Books 2007) examines the relationships between the practices of faith and the cultural currents and changes so rapidly occurring in our ever more technologized and globalized world.
Fishing is his passion in life, and he prays for the day when he will catch a ten lb. trout or a 47 inch Muskie. He is convinced that such a catch, or the Phillies wining the World Series, are sure signs that the culmination of time is near.