AUTHORS/ Maloney, George A.
An internationally known scholar, Fr. George A. Maloney, SJ died July 19 at the home of friends in Candler, North Carolina. He was 80.
Born Oct. 29, 1924 in Green Bay, Wis., George attended UW-Madison before joining the Society of Jesus at Florissant in 1948. During studies at Saint Louis University he became fascinated with oriental rites, religious practices, music, art, and philosophy. In 1957 he opted to be ordained as a priest of the Russian Byzantine Rite and soon after received his doctorate from the Gregorian University in Rome.
Fluent in seven languages but unable to emigrate to Russia because of the Cold War, John founded and directed the John XXIII Institute for Eastern Christian Studies at Fordham University. In 1980 he moved to southern California where he wrote many books and articles, directed retreats, and provided spiritual direction.
Well-known in Roman Catholic and Russian Byzantine Rite circles for his many works on prayer and spirituality, Fr. George A. Maloney, SJ, was the author of over 80 books and articles on theology, prayer and the saints of the Eastern Church.
In 2004 he moved to Candler where he suffered a stroke and died in the company of his friends.