WASHINGTON (January 28, 2000) -- Pope John Paul II has appointed the Reverend Richard J. Malone Titular Bishop of Aptuca and Auxiliary Bishop of Boston. Father Malone is currently serving as the archdiocese's Secretary for Education.
Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, announced the appointment.
Richard J. Malone was born in Salem, Massachusetts, on March 19, 1946. He attended local Catholic elementary and secondary schools, and prepared for the priesthood at St. John's Seminary, Brighton. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston on May 20, 1972.
Besides parochial assignments, Bishop-elect Malone served as chaplain at Xaverian Brothers High School, Westwood, and taught theology at the archdiocesan major seminary, while also being spiritual director there.
Bishop-elect Malone served as director of campus ministry at Harvard and as the director of the archdiocese's office of ecumenical and interreligious affairs.
He has been serving as director of religious education since 1993 and secretary for education since 1995.
Bishop-elect Malone earned a degree in theology from the University of Boston with a specialty in religious education.
The Archdiocese of Boston comprises four counties of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and part of a fifth. It has a Catholic population of over 2 million in a general population of nearly 3.8 million.