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Saint John Paul II Legacy Society Member Profile: The Late Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski

Monsignor Malanowski, courtesy of The Diocese of Bridgeporte.

The Catholic Church lost a faithful priest. The Army lost a dedicated chaplain. The Newman Society lost a dear friend. And we all gained, God willing, a saint in Heaven with the recent passing of Monsignor Thaddeus P. Malanowski, who died in Connecticut on January 23, 2020. He was 97 and had been ordained a priest more than 72 years ago.

Brigadier General (Chaplain) Malanowski served for 30 years in the Army and was famously known for being Elvis Presley’s chaplain in Germany in the 1950s. He retired with honors in 1978 as Deputy Chief of Chaplains of the Army.

While serving as a parish priest in Florida, Monsignor brought the Eucharist and ministered to the severely ill Terri Schiavo, whose family fought all the way to the Supreme Court to prevent her estranged husband from withholding food and nutrition. Monsignor anointed Schiavo and led a vigil to pray for her after a court ordered removal of her feeding tube. Bobby Schindler, Terri’s brother and now a courageous leader in the fight against euthanasia, called Monsignor “Terri Schiavo’s priest.”

Monsignor was also a long-time supporter of the Newman Society and friend of the Society’s Bob Laird. “I visited Monsignor whenever I was in the area,” Bob recalls, “and many times with my wife, Gerri. He had a keen recall of everything that the Newman Society was doing and always asked about Patrick Reilly and other members of the staff. He always asked me to thank Patrick and the other staff members for taking on the task of improving Catholic education. He was truly a soldier’s soldier, a priest’s priest, and a dear, dear friend.”

That love for the Newman Society’s work continues beyond Monsignor’s death. As a member of our Saint John Paul II Legacy Society, Monsignor chose to generously support our work with a special bequest in his will.

“I’ve long supported the important work of The Cardinal Newman Society as best I can — and by remembering the Society in my estate plans, I’m able to do much more,” Monsignor wrote in a letter to Newman Society members, urging them to join the Legacy Society. “It’s a singular honor to help impact the minds and hearts of our young Catholic students.”

Each year, we lose several generous donors, and we extend this tribute to every one of them. We will never forget you and what you have done for faithful Catholic education.