David Monas Maloney

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David Monas Maloney (March 15, 1912 – February 15, 1995) was an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Wichita from 1967 to 1982.


One of eight children, David Maloney was born in Littleton, Colorado, to James Edward and Margaret (née Flynn) Maloney.[1] His father was an engineer and later served as Mayor of Littleton (1910–1912, 1913–1919).[2] After graduating from Littleton High School, he studied at the University of Colorado (1929–1930) and at St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, from where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1933.[1] He then furthered his studies in Rome and earned a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1937.[3] Maloney was ordained to the priesthood by Cardinal Francesco Marchetti Selvaggiani on December 8, 1936.[4] In 1940 he earned a doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Roman Athenaeum S. Apollinare.[3] Upon his return to the United States in 1940, he served as a curate at St. Philomena Church in Denver until 1943, when he became secretary to Bishop Urban John Vehr and assistant chancellor of the Diocese of Denver.[1] He became chancellor in 1954.[1]

On November 5, 1960, Maloney was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Denver and Titular Bishop of Ruspae by Pope John XXIII.[4] He received his episcopal consecration on January 4, 1961 from Archbishop Egidio Vagnozzi, with Bishops Urban John Vehr and Hubert Newell serving as co-consecrators.[4] Representing the ailing Bishop Vehr, he attended all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council between 1962 and 1965.[1] Maloney was named the fifth Bishop of Wichita, Kansas, by Pope Paul VI on December 2, 1967.[4] In 1969 he joined other Catholic bishops in Kansas in opposing changes in state law that proposed allowing physicians to perform abortions in licensed and accredited hospitals.[5] In 1977 he publicly declared that he would defy a city ordinance that prohibited discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation.[5]

After fourteen years as bishop, Maloney resigned on July 16, 1982.[4] He later died at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Wichita, aged 82.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Noel, Thomas J. "Vehr: The Flowering of Catholicism (1931-1967)". Colorado Catholicism. 
  2. ^ "James E. Maloney, Mayor 1910-1912, 1913-1919". City of Littleton. Archived from the original on 2009-12-11. 
  3. ^ a b Curtis, Georgina Pell (1961). The American Catholic Who's Who. XIV. Grosse Pointe, Michigan: Walter Romig. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bishop David Monas Maloney". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. 
  5. ^ a b c Shideler, Karen (1995-02-17). "BISHOP MALONEY LED WITH FIRM HAND INTELLECT, LOYALTY WERE HIS STRENGTHS". The Wichita Eagle. 
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Mark Kenny Carroll
Bishop of Wichita
Succeeded by
Eugene John Gerber