Richard Joseph Malone

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His Excellency, The Most Reverend
Richard Joseph Malone
Bishop of Buffalo
Bishop Richard J. Malone, 2008.jpg
Archdiocese New York
Diocese Buffalo
Appointed May 29, 2012
Installed August 10, 2012
Predecessor Edward U. Kmiec
Ordination May 20, 1972
by Humberto Sousa Medeiros
Consecration March 1, 2000
by Bernard Francis Law, William Murphy, and John Patrick Boles
Personal details
Born (1946-03-19) March 19, 1946 (age 71)
Salem, Massachusetts
Denomination Roman Catholic Church
Previous post Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Bishop of Portland in Maine (2004–2012)
Styles of
Richard Joseph Malone
Coat of arms of Richard J. Malone.svg
Reference style
Spoken style Your Excellency
Religious style Bishop

Richard Joseph Malone (born March 19, 1946) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church and the current Bishop of Buffalo, New York.


Richard Malone was born in Salem, Massachusetts, and raised in Hamilton and Beverly; he has one sister, Harriet, who teaches art at St. John's Preparatory School in Danvers. He graduated from St. John's Prep in 1964, and then attended Cardinal O'Connell Seminary and St. John's Seminary in Boston, where he obtained his Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and in Divinity, as well as his Master's in Theology. Malone was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Humberto Medeiros on May 20, 1972, and then served as associate pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham until 1974.

He taught at St. Clement High School in Medford (1974–1976) and at Xaverian Brothers High School in Westwood (1976–1979), where he also served as a chaplain. In 1979, Malone joined the faculty of St. John Seminary, his alma mater, teaching religious and theological studies and serving as registrar and dean until 1990. In addition to his duties at the seminary, he was also a part-time chaplain at Wellesley and Regis Colleges, and a teacher at Emmanuel College. He obtained his doctorate in theology from Boston University in 1981, and his Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1990.

He was assigned to the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Center in 1990 as well, as chaplain of St. Paul Parish. Within the Archdiocese of Boston, he was made Director of the Office of Religious Education in 1993 and Secretary for Education in 1995.

On January 27, 2000, Malone was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Boston and Titular Bishop of Aptuca by Pope John Paul II. He received his episcopal consecration on March 1, 2001, from Bernard Cardinal Law, with Bishops William Francis Murphy and John Boles serving as co-consecrators. Malone was later named the eleventh Bishop of Portland in Maine on February 10, 2004, and was formally installed on March 31.

He sits on the Committee for Evangelization of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and serves as chair-elect of its Committee on Catechesis. The Bishop has produced and hosted programs for CatholicTV. The Bishop is also a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus.

On May 29, 2012, Malone was appointed ordinary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo. He was later appointed apostolic administrator of Portland in Maine until such time as a permanent replacement was installed.[1] He was installed in Buffalo in a ceremony at St. Joseph Cathedral on Friday, August 10, 2012.[2]

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Episcopal succession[edit]

Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Edward U. Kmiec
Bishop of Buffalo
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Joseph John Gerry, OSB
Bishop of Portland
Succeeded by
Robert Deeley
Preceded by
Auxiliary Bishop of Boston
Succeeded by