Bishop Richard Joseph Malone, Th.D.
Bishop Richard Joseph Malone is the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland. He served as the 11th Bishop of Portland, Maine, from March 2004 to May 29, 2012, when Pope Benedict XVI named him the 14th Bishop of Buffalo. Bishop Malone was installed in Buffalo on August 10,2012. On that same day, he became the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Portland, a position he will hold until a new bishop is named for the diocese.
Bishop Malone was born in Salem, MA, and graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, Danvers. He studied at Cardinal O’Connell Seminary in Jamaica Plain and graduated from St. John Seminary, Boston, with a bachelor’s in Philosophy, a bachelor’s in Divinity and a master’s in Theology. Bishop Malone subsequently earned a Doctorate in Theology (Th.D.) at Boston University and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) at Weston Jesuit School of Theology.
Bishop Malone was ordained a priest in 1972 and was assigned to St. Patrick parish, Stoneham, as Associate Pastor. He served on the faculty of St. Clement High School, Somerville, MA; Xaverian High School, Westwood, MA; and his alma mater St. John Seminary. Concurrent with his time at St. John Seminary, he was part-time chaplain at Wellesley and Regis Colleges and taught at Emmanuel College in Boston. Later he was assigned as Chaplain to the Harvard-Radcliffe Catholic Student Center. In 1993, he accepted the position of Director of the Office of Religious Education for the Archdiocese of Boston and subsequently was named Secretary for Education.
Bishop Malone was installed as Bishop of Portland in 2004 after serving as auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Boston, South Region, following his Episcopal ordination in 2000.