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William Francis Malooly
Bishop of Wilmington
AppointedJuly 7, 2008
InstalledSeptember 8, 2008
PredecessorMichael Saltarelli
OrdinationMay 9, 1970
by Thomas Austin Murphy
ConsecrationMarch 1, 2001
by William Henry Keeler, William Donald Borders, and William Clifford Newman
Personal details
Born (1944-01-18) January 18, 1944 (age 75)
Baltimore, Maryland
DenominationRoman Catholic Church
Previous postTitular Bishop of Flumenzer (2001–2008)
Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore (2001-2008)
Styles of
William Francis Malooly
Coat of arms of William Francis Malooly.svg
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

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


Early life and education[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Ordination and ministry[edit]

Malooly was ordained to the priesthood by his uncle, Bishop Thomas Austin Murphy, on May 9, 1970, in the parish church of St. Ursula, and then did pastoral work in Texas, Maryland and Baltimore.[citation needed]

Malooly was Associate Administrator, and later Administrator, of the CYO Retreat House in Sparks, Maryland 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.

Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, Maryland[edit]

On December 12, 2000, Malooly was appointed auxiliary bishop of Baltimore and Titular Bishop of Flumenzer by Pope John Paul II.[citation needed] 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.

Bishop of Wilmington, Delaware[edit]

On July 7, 2008, Bishop Malooly was appointed Bishop of Wilmington.[citation needed] 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]

Bishop Malooly has also been repeatedly criticized by certain Catholics and some Catholic news outlets for refusing to withhold Communion to Vice President Joseph Biden as stipulated by canon 915 in the Catholic Church's canon law.[2] Conservative news outlets such as Lifesite News and the mainstream Catholic news site CNS News attempted to contacted Malooly over the incident, but the bishop failed to answer.[3] However, Commonweal Magazine had commended the bishop for taking such an approach to this matter.[4][failed verification]


Malooly was featured in the Netflix documentary, "The Keepers," for his role in a meeting with a victim of abuse at the hands Father Joseph Maskell.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Reuters Editorial (19 October 2009). "Diocese seeks Chapter 11 protection in sex abuse cases". Reuters.
  2. ^ http://www.uscatholic.org/blog/2008/09/bidens-bishop-his-prochoice-sheep
  3. ^ name="cnsnews.com"
  4. ^ https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/joe-biden-obamas-catholic-gamble
  5. ^ https://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/2017/06/15/bishop-malooly-denies-netflix-series-the-keepers-allegations/399561001/

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Episcopal succession[edit]

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