Fr. Richard G. Malloy, S.J., aka “Mugs,” was born at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, and earned a doctorate at in Cultural Anthropology from Temple (He didn’t go very far in life!) His dissertation was an ethnographic study of Puerto Rican leaders in Camden, NJ.
After being educated by the Sisters of Mercy in grade school, he went on to the Jesuit high school in Philadelphia, St. Joseph’s Prep. 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.
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 (JUST). From 1994 to 2008, he also taught at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia.
In September 2010, he was sent to the University of Scranton, where he serves as the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry, working with campus ministry, community outreach, service learning, and international service trips. He teaches cultural anthropology, lives in a freshman dorm (anthropological fieldwork!), and plays his guitar to awaken students who fall asleep in class or during his homilies.
Fishing is his passion in life, and he prays for the day when he will catch a 10 lb. trout or a 47 inch Muskie. He is convinced that such a catch, the Eagles winning the Super Bowl, or the Phillies beating the Yankees in the World Series would all be sure signs that the second coming of Jesus is at hand.