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The Carmelite Order mourns the death of former Prior General, Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.


Fr. John Malley, O.Carm.  (1930-2012)

Fr. John Malley, O.Carm. the former Prior General, died unexpectedly yesterday evening, the 18th of February in Tucson, Arizona, (U.S.A.).

Fr. John was born on the 26th of July 1930 in Boston (U.S.A.). At the end of his novitiate he made his simple profession on the 30th of August, 1950. He made his solemn profession on the 27th of September, 1953 at St. Albert’s International College in Rome. He was ordained a priest while studying in Rome, on the 1st of July, 1956. In 1978 he was elected Prior Provincial of the Province of the Most Pure Heart of Mary (PCM). He was still the Prior Provincial when in September 1983, at the General Chapter, he was elected Prior General of the Order, and was re-elected to this office in 1989. He will be remembered as the great promoter of the Carmelite Family which he encouraged and supported all around the world. At the end of his time as Prior General, Fr. John returned to the United States where he continued to work right up until his death as Director of the Missions Office in Darien. We remember him with great affection and gratitude and will pray for his eternal repose. May he rest in peace.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."