Tribute paid to ‘exceptional priest’

Fr John Moloney laid to rest in Dublin

Msgr John Moloney, former administrator of Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral and chaplain to the Italian community in Ireland for over 60 years has been lauded as “an exceptional priest” following his passing earlier this month.

Born in 1916, John Moloney was ordained in Rome in 1941 and in 1944 in Dublin he became chaplain to those Italians who had fled their country during WWII. His service to the community would ultimately see him awarded the Commendatore of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Italy. During his ministry, Msgr Moloney penned some 16 books, including No Greater Love and Roads to His Heart.

Initially brought to the Three Patrons Parish church in Rathgar, where he served most of his retirement, Msgr Moloney’s remains were then transported to the Pro-Cathedral and received by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, accompanied by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Charles Brown in the presence of members of the Italian community.

Delivering the homily at the requiem Mass at the Three Patrons was Fr John Flaherty who first met Msgr Moloney as an altar boy and offered a detailed account of the monsignor’s tireless ministry on behalf of others.

Speaking to The Irish Catholic this week of his predecessor, Fr Flaherty said Dublin had lost “an exceptional priest”.

Msgr Moloney was laid to rest in the vaults of the Pro-Cathedral.