Archbishop Mallon

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Peter Joseph Mallon was born on December 5, 1929 in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. He received the greater part of his elementary schooling in Terrace, B.C., until his family moved to Vancouver. He attended high school at Christ the King Seminary, directed by the Benedictines.

Archbishop MallonAfter continuing his studies in philosophy and theology with the Benedictines at Mission, B.C., he was ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 1956 at Holy Rosary Cathedral, Vancouver. He ministered at the Cathedral, first as assistant and later as rector, from 1956 to 1982.

In 1982, he became pastor of St. Anthony's Parish, West Vancouver, until his ordination as Bishop of Nelson, B.C. on February 2, 1990.

On June 9, 1995, Most Reverend Peter Mallon was appointed sixth Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Regina and was installed on July 11, 1995.

In 1998, with the restructuring of the diocese of Saskatchewan, the diocese of Gravelbourg ceased to exist, and the Archdiocese of Regina was rejoined to the greater part of the (former) diocese of Gravelbourg.

Archbishop Mallon celebrated his 75th birthday on December 5, 2004. He retired in 2005 after 9 and a half years as Archbishop of Regina. He celebrated his 50th anniversary as a priest on May 27, 2006.

Bishop Peter succumbed to cancer on February 3, 2007. A celebration of his life was celebrated at Holy Rosary Cathedral on February 8, 2007. 

Ministries:

My dear brothers and sisters, our Catholic faith has been keeping us busy over this last week and a half. During the last ten days we have celebrated four great Feast Days of our faith in Jesus Christ. We have gathered as the Church to celebrate the Birth of Jesus which gave us the assurance that in every aspect of our life, Jesus is God-with-us. We are never left alone or abandoned.

My dear friends, in my younger days, I used to ask why is New Year’s a holy day of Obligation? Everybody is out celebrating the New Year on New Year’s Eve, so they don’t have time to go to Mass and on New Year’s Day everyone is too tired to go to Mass.  Everyone who went to Confession during Advent to get ready for Christmas finds that within a week they are in the state of sin again because they missed Mass on a Holy Day of Obligation! Seemed strange to me.

My dear brothers and sisters, we continue our celebration of the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ on this Sunday that follows Christmas. As soon as we talk about the birth of a baby, we very quickly begin to think about the family that welcomes this baby. On this Sunday following Christmas we turn our minds and our hearts towards the family of Jesus – to Mary and Joseph and their new child. And of course when we do that we also immediately think about our own families.