Monsignor James A. Moloney, a beloved figure in the Detroit Catholic community and a tireless servant of the Church, passed away on January 3, 2024. Msgr. Moloney has been a strong supporter of the Catholic Foundation’s mission since its inception, opening its first three endowment funds.

Born on June 18, 1930 in Detroit, he dedicated his life to faith and service. Ordained on June 2, 1956, his journey led him to St. Joan of Arc Parish in St. Clair Shores, and later, to a lifelong mission with the Society for the Propagation of the Faith.

Monsignor Moloney’s passion for mission work was extraordinary. Over six decades, he visited 58 countries, delving into the conditions of those served by the Pope’s Missions. His commitment elevated Detroit as a leading diocese in global mission support, contributing over $200 million to missionary activities worldwide.

His impact extended beyond his credentials, though. Msgr. Moloney tirelessly wrote to supporters, visited parishes, and built relationships, sharing his love for the Church in far-away places. Msgr. Moloney’s life was filled with passion for the missions and love for the people he served. He leaves a legacy that will continue to inspire many.

In this time of mourning, we join together in prayer for the eternal repose of Msgr. Moloney’s soul and express our profound gratitude for his decades of service. His life was a testament to the power of faith and the impact one individual can have on the lives of many around the world. Let us honor his memory by continuing to support the missions and embody the spirit of selfless service that he exemplified.

In lieu of gifts, donations may be made in Msgr James Moloney’s honor to St. Anselm Parish and/or the Msgr. Moloney Endowment Fund for the Benefit of St. Anselm School.

Msgr. James Moloney Obituary

Learn more about Monsignor and his impact:

Detroit Catholic |  After 62 years, Msgr. Moloney passes the torch
Detroit Catholic | Decades after they could have retired two priests never thought of stopping
Catholic Foundation | Educating God’s Children: St. Anselm Catholic School Endowment Fund