Monsignor Malachy Foley

Monsignor Malachy Foley

Rector, 1944 - 1966

In 1944, Cardinal Stritch appointed Msgr. Malachy P. Foley as the third rector of Mundelein Seminary. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1922. From 1935 to 1944, he served as rector of the high school seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Msgr. Foley was known for his priestly personal piety and priestly example as rector at Mundelein. During his long administration, the United States would enter World War II. The need for military chaplains drew many priests into the service, which required the seminary to accelerate its training to fill the positions which they left. This period exemplified the generous support which the Archdiocese of Chicago had for the military, evidenced by the larger number of priests who were released to serve as chaplains.

In 1965, Msgr. Foley became pastor of the former Parish of Saint Bride in Chicago, IL. He was named pastor emeritus on December 22, 1969 and continued to serve the people of Saint Bride until his passing in 1979 at the age of 81.