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Fr. Edward Malone, mm Remembered


Thanks for the news, will pray for good ole Ed. He was a great man who put FABC on solid footing both admininistratively and financially. He was warm and entertaining of all Bishops who came in for FABC gatherings. He knew that warm conversations over a drink were as important and so the "Happy Hour" fellowship became a tradition of FABC gatherings.

God rest his soul. He is well remembered.

+Murphy Pakiam, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur


The entire FABC family will miss Fr. Malone, who spent his life to nurture the FABC family. My contact has been limited to just one Plenary Assembly in 2000. But he was an inspiration because of his great commitment and vision. We will offer the Mass for his repose. We will continue to keep him in our prayers and Masses.

In prayerful union with the entire FABC family,

Fr. Jacob Theckanath, FABC-OE Executive Secretary


Dear old Ed has gone home! Mission well accomplished. He can be full-time "advisor, encourager, etc." for all involved with the FABC!

Sr. Mary Walter Santer OSU, FABC-OCL Executive Secretary


I am deeply distressed to learn of the death of Fr Malone. He was one of the pillars of the Church in Asia.

+Thomas Menamparampil sdb, Archbishop of Guwahati


These few lines come to convey my heartfelt sympathies and the assurance of my prayers to all the members of Maryknoll Congregation as well as to the dear and near ones of Fr. Edward.

Fr. Edward was a great personality, a dedicated priest, an excellent organizer and a great friend and benefactor of the FABC. There is no doubt that he made a unique and singular contribution for the growth of the FABC to what it is now.

While thanking God for the precious gift of Fr. Malone and his selfless and remarkable service to the FABC, I pray that God may now grant him eternal reward, making him a sharer in the fullness of everlasting life and joy, won for us by JESUS through His Death and Resurrection. May all those who are grieved with Fr. Malone’s demise have the strength to accept this painful departure in a spirit of deep surrender to God’s Will, knowing that we have now in Fr. Malone another powerful intercessor in heaven.

With the assurance of my prayers and warm personal regards,

+ Filipe Neri Ferrão, Archbishop of Goa and Daman


Thanks for keeping us informed about Fr.Malone's death. May he rest in peace! The FABC has to be ever-grateful to him for his long service to the Churches in Asia. I will offer mass for him.

Fr. Vimal Tirimanna CsSR, FABC-OTC Executive Secretary


Received your message. Convey deep condolence of Palai diocese. Let us pray for the soul departed. Thank you.

Fr. Vincent, secretary to the Bishop


Fr. Malone's great services to the FABC can never be forgotten. On behalf of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India and the Synod of Bishops of the Syro-Malabar Church and on my personal behalf I offer my sincere condolences at the passing away of this great missionary priest. He was a good friend of mine. Kindly convey my condolences to members of his family and to the Maryknoll Community. With the assurance of our prayers for the happy repose of his soul.

+Varkey Cardinal Vithayathil
President of CBCI &
Major Archbishop of the Syro-Malabar Church


I received with sadness the news of the passing away of our dear Fr. Ed Malone. I pray for him. If you are in touch with the family do convey my sincere condolences. My condolences also to you and the FABC Secretariat. Also to Ting who I know worked closely with him.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Mumbai, India


It is with great sorrow that we have received the news of the passing of Fr. Malone.

Fr. Malone had been making every effort to serve as Assistant Secretary General of FABC for a long time. We are truly grateful to him for his services.

On behalf of Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan, we would like to express our heartfelt condolence.

We, bishops of Japan pray for his eternal repose with God the Father.

+Peter Takeo Okada, President
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Japan


I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing away of dear Fr. Ed.Malone. May his soul rest in peace. FABC and all the Asian Bishops, in particular, are deeply grateful to Fr. Malone for the yeomen service he rendered to the FABC since it's inception.

Please convey the deepest sympathies to his relatives on behalf of the Bishops of Sri Lanka and mine personally. We all have happy memories of dear Fr. Malone.I shall pray that the Lord may reward him richly in His Kingdom. Thank you for keeping us informed of the death of Fr. Malone.

+Bishop Vianney Fernando, President-CBCSL


My condolences to all those who mourn the passing away of dear Fr. Malone. I pray that the Lord grant him the promised reward, "what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, what no human mind could grasp, what the Lord has prepared to those who love and serve Him.

I assure you of my prayers, for his eternal repose and for comfort and peace to his family members.

Bishop Norbert M. Andradi, OMI
Bishop of Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka


I was deeply sadened to learn of the death of Fr. Malone. We accept death in the light of our faith but human feelings are different. I send you our heart-felt condolances. His contributions to the FABC will remain unforgotten for many years to come. R.I.P.

At the inaugural mass of the CBCB meeting tomorrow morning (Nov. 1-13, 2009) the bishops will have him in their prayers. I shall offer the mass for his soul. The FABC family will miss him and his dedication to the Asian Churches.

We cannot attend the funeral mass as the distances are far.

I send condolances to the Maryknoll Family for this great loss. About twenty days ago I visited the Martknoll Missions in New York. God keep Fr. Malone close to his heart.

+Paulinus Costa, Dhaka


I am very sorry to know that Fr. Malone has passed away. I knew him personally. I benefitted by his generosity, thoughtfulness and kindness. A number of times I met him in Hongkong. He has done very precious work for the FABC for which we all and I am very grateful. He spent himself for us in Asia. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his near and dear ones. May God grant him eternal rest. His life and work will inspire us to work for the Church in Asia.

+ Valerian D'Souza, Bishop Emeritus of Poona


I would like to express my deepest grief over the passing of Fr. Edward F. Malone, former Assistant Secretary General of the FABC, and I would appreciate indeed if you could forward our heartfelt condolences to Fr. Malone's niece Therese Keegan, and his colleague Maryknoll fathers.

We owe him a lot for all his dedicated service in the office of the FABC for so many years and we're very certain that without his self-sacrificing efforts the FABC would not have been able to grow up as now. Please be assured that we Korean Bishops remember Fr. Malone as our best friend and brother who has offered his whole life as a missionary for the evangelizaion of Asia. We will pray that the Lord may grant him an eternal peace and mercy.

+Peter U-il Kang, Bishop of Cheju
President, Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea


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Here are quotes from Father Ed Malone's retirement in 2004 for his work and dedication to the FABC, courtesy of UCANews:


“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your great service to the FABC for so many years. You were the main pillar that sustained the FABC. May God reward you! I am grateful to you for your personal interest in the Syro-Malabar Church.” – Cardinal Varkey Vithayathil, major archbishop of Ernakulam-Angamaly, India

Father Malone has been “always very kind, understanding and loving.” – Rose Pinnea, Filipino Catholic Group coordinator

Father Malone, “a friend and mentor,” is “a very strong part of the parish,” who gave support and guidance essential for the parish’s effective operation and helped increase the number of Catholics. – Maryknoll Father Denis Hanly, parish priest of St. Joseph’s Church, Hong Kong

There was much to learn from Father Malone, especially his devotion to hearing confessions. – Maryknoll Father Ronald Saucci, co-pastor at St. Joseph’s Church, Hong Kong

I always admired Father Malone’s “gentle smile that greeted one and all, be they bishops or simple priests. Behind that smile, I discovered a shard mind that had clear ideas on what the Church in Asia should forge ahead, and a heart that was large enough to make opportunities available for bishops to learn the rudiments of up-to-date leadership and management.” – Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, Kuala Lumpur

I will always “remember (his) smile.” – Cardinal Julius Darmaatmadja, archbishop of Jakarta

I remember not only Father Malone’s “devoted concern for FABC during all these years,” but also his “special concern for Bangladesh.” – Auxiliary Bishop Theotonius Gomes, Dhaka

“We shall miss him a great deal. He served the Church in Asia and the FABC with extraordinary dedication. He had a marvelous and friendly way of dealing with bishops. He was a wonderful link between the FABC offices, personalities, Churches, ideologies, regional points of view and Asia’s varied interests. He had an encouraging word for everyone and in every situation. He contributed a great deal to the unity of purpose and efficiency of the FABC.” – Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil, archbishop of Guwahati, India

“His is truly a very kind and gentle soul, and does his work very well, getting other people to share the load – always with a chuckle. A smiling and benevolent taskmaster! His retirement is the end of the era of the FABC founding fathers. It will be difficult to find someone to replace him.” – Archbishop Orlando Quevedo, archbishop of Cotabato, Philippines (now FABC secretary general)

“His dedication, efficiency and competence are remarkable. We will have great difficulty in finding, if ever we succeed, someone of his caliber. His contribution to the Church of Asoa through his work as Executive Secretary of the FABC cannot be measured.” – Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing, Melaka-Johor, Malaysia

“Your services to the FABC are the testament you leave behind... I thank you for all that you have been and done for me.” – Father Saturnino Dias, former executive secretary, FABC-Office of Evangelization

“His sense of mission for FABC made him open to new ways even if he did not fully understand, allowing us to go ahead with planned programs and giving his support.” – Ms. Cora Mateo, former executive secretary, FABC-Office of Laity

Father Malone has a “deep love for the Church, especially the Church in Asia. He used all his wonderful talents in serving Christ and His Church selflessly all his life. The FABC might not be what it is today had it not been for him… most importantly, he is such a loving, lovable person!” – Ursuline Sister Mary Walter Santer, executive secretary, FABC-Office of Consecrated Life

“I always admired his commitment to the welfare of the FABC, which he did practically single-handedly, not only in the area of finances, but in the very animation of its diversified work. He had a cool head even at moments of confusion, but also knew how to strike a balance between the bishops of Asia and the elements of radical change. This knack more than anything else kept the FABC going along the progressive path it has already been treading… His retirement is bound to create a lacuna in the FABC which will not be easy to fill.” – Redemptorist Father Vimal Tirimanna, executive secretary, FABC-Office of Theological Concerns

“Father Malone has done tremendous work for the FABC and given guidance to the bishops all these years. He is not only the grandfather of the FABC, but one of the co-founders and we will miss him very much.” – Divine Word Father Franz-Josef Eilers, executive secretary, FABC- Office of Social Communication



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