William Francis Malooly

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Most Reverend

William Francis Malooly
Bishop of Wilmington
See Bishop of Wilmington
Installed September 8, 2008
Predecessor Michael Saltarelli
Other posts Titular Bishop of Flumenzer (2001-2008)
Ordination May 9, 1970
Consecration March 1, 2001
Personal details
Born (1944-01-18)January 18, 1944
Baltimore, Maryland
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Styles of
William Francis Malooly
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Reference style The Most Reverend
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop
Posthumous style not applicable

William Francis Malooly (born January 18, 1944) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, who currently serves as the Bishop of Wilmington.


William Francis Malooly, who is known better as Francis Malooly or W. Francis Malooly, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and attended St. Ursula School in Parkville before entering St. Charles College in Catonsville and later St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park. He was ordained to the priesthood by his uncle, Bishop Thomas Austin Murphy, on May 9, 1970, and then did pastoral work in Texas,Maryland and Baltimore.

Malooly was Associate Administrator, and later Administrator, of the CYO Retreat House in Sparks from 1981 to 1984. He was then made Director of Clergy Personnel (1984) and chancellor and vicar general (1989) for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 1990, he was raised to the rank of an Honorary Prelate of His Holiness. In April 1999, he was awarded the President's Medal by St. Mary's Seminary and University.

On December 12, 2000, Malooly was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore and Titular Bishop of Flumenzer by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on March 1, 2001 from William Cardinal Keeler, with Archbishop William Borders and Bishop William Newman serving as co-consecrators, in the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

In addition to his role as an auxiliary, Malooly was later named Western Vicar of the archdiocese, serving the thirty-eight parishes and six missions in Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, and Washington counties.

In 2006, the Bishop received the Cardinal Shehan Award from the Archdiocesan Youth Office, an honorary doctorate in Humane Letters from Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg. He is also a member of the Knights of Malta, and of the Board of Trustees of Good Samaritan Hospital, St. Mary's Seminary and University, and Mount Saint Mary's University.

On July 7, 2008, Bishop Malooly was appointed Bishop of Wilmington. He was installed in that office on the following September 8.

In October 2009, Malooly sought Chapter 11 protection for his diocese after obtaining financial settlements with victims of local child abusing priests.[1]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Michael Angelo Saltarelli
Bishop of Wilmington
Succeeded by


  1. ^ Diocese seeks Chapter 11 protection in sex abuse cases

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