The Observer is a Student-run, daily print & online newspaper serving Notre Dame & Saint Mary's. Learn more about us.



Saint Mary’s remembers Malloy

Nicole Zook | Wednesday, April 27, 2005

During his 18-year tenure as University President, Father Edward Malloy helped implement many significant changes not only at Notre Dame, but also at the University’s sister sch-ool, Saint Mary’s.Saint Ma-ry’s administrators and professors said Malloy has impacted the College since he first took office in 1987.”He’s been a constant figure,” religious studies endowed chair Keith Egan said. “Saint Mary’s hasn’t known any other [Notre Dame] president for 18 years, so that’s quite a long time. Students going all the way back have known him as president of Notre Dame.”Egan, who is also adjunct faculty at the University, said he felt Malloy had a profound personal impact on the many Saint Mary’s students he came into contact with over the years.”I think for our students he’s probably a figure of inspiration, a figure that’s a national and even an international figure,” he said. “Our students, even though we’re across the street from Notre Dame, know about and admire Father Malloy.”Others commented on the development of relationships between the two institutions during Malloy’s tenure and the strengthening of bonds between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame.”Obviously he’s provided significant leadership there, and I think the relationships between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame have continued to be very positive in regards to the kinds of opportunities available to students at both schools,” said Linda Timm, vice president for Student Affairs. “I think in my time, which has been the last 10 years only, we have certainly been developing some beneficial administrative connections [with Notre Dame].”These connections flourished during the Saint Mary’s presidency of Marilou Eldred, as administrators from both schools met on a regular basis. Vice President for Mission Sister Roseanne Schultz called these meetings “a very positive collaboration.””The administration of Saint Mary’s and the administration of Notre Dame have been meeting regularly for the last six or so years each fall and each spring in a sense of collaboration, looking at issues, areas that we can work together, and I think that’s been very beneficial,” she said.According to Schultz, “the voice of Father Malloy has been very influential” in Catholic higher education. She cited Malloy’s meetings with Fort Wayne-South Bend Bishop John D’Arcy regarding a 1998 proposal for the implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, Pope John Paul II’s 1990 statement on Catholic higher education.Malloy, a critic of the proposal dealing with campus ministries and the role of educational institutions in Catholicism, rejected the mandate as “an instrument, however ineffective, to control what is taught and written” in the college setting in the Jan. 30, 1999 issue of “America,” a Jesuit opinion journal. His writings and speeches on the matter influenced Catholic education nationwide, including at Saint Mary’s, which Malloy eagerly collaborated with on the subject.College President Carol Ann Mooney, previously a vice president and associate provost at Notre Dame who worked closely with Malloy, said Malloy was committed to the relationship between Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame.”During his tenure as president, Father Malloy made clear his commitment to cooperate with Saint Mary’s College,” she said. “Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame have a shared history that is more than 160 years old, and Father Malloy treated Saint Mary’s as a peer institution.”Malloy delivered the homily at Mooney’s January inauguration ceremony, which, according to Director of Campus Ministries Judy Fean, was greatly impressive and brought him closer to the Saint Mary’s campus as a result.”One of the influences [Malloy has had on Saint Mary’s is] that he continues to try to build relationships with Saint Mary’s, and it was certainly quite an honor to have him preside at the celebration mass for the inauguration of Carol Ann Mooney,” she said. “Certainly having him here during the inauguration he spoke so highly of women’s education and of the sisters, and I think that’s an important piece [of the College]. His emphasis on women in the Church, that’s been a value.”Fean also said she felt Malloy understood the importance of the University and College working together.”We can’t be where we are in any of the institutions here without the support of the other,” she said.Malloy left an indelible mark on Saint Mary’s during his tenure at Notre Dame, both professionally and personally, Timm said.”I have always found Father Malloy to have a wonderful sense of humor,” she said. “I think he brought some keen insight to some tough issues at the times they arose.”Egan said Malloy’s personality made him a good leader for the schools, and that Saint Mary’s students and faculty alike will be sad to see his tenure end.”He’s a quiet, unassuming man whose presence is felt by his caring and concern and interest in students, and work on the national scene and international scene,” Egan said. “I find him very unassuming, and for a leader of universities very kind and thoughtful, and I think our students admire him very much.”