Malachy Kain, OFM
1889 – 1962
Fr. Malachy Kain, OFM, was born on Dec. 29, 1889 in Philadelphia. At age 26, he entered St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, Md., with the intention of becoming a priest. After graduation, he was received into the Province’s novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary in Paterson, N.J., in 1920, professing temporary vows one year later. Fr. Malachy made his solemn profession in 1924 and was ordained in 1927.
He had a great variety of assignments during his 35 years as a priest. Fr. Malachy went to St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J., and cared for ministries in nearby Ringwood and Greenwood Lake. He also served at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City and at St. Joseph’s Parish in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
In 1933, Fr. Malachy became a member of the Province’s Mission Band, with his residence at St. Francis of Assisi Parish and later St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J. Most of his life was spent preaching parish missions. From 1944 to 1946, he served as chaplain in the United States Army, ministering at Rhodes Army Hospital in Utica, N.Y.
After the war, he returned to the Mission Band and resided in Denver. In 1949, Fr. Malachy was assigned as chaplain to the Franciscan Brothers at Smithtown, N.Y. He then served at St. Joseph’s Parish in Winsted, Conn., later becoming chaplain at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. His last assignment was to St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. Fr. Malachy enjoyed a long and active priesthood, and was always cheerful and faithful in his life and ministry.
He died on Dec. 2, 1962 at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston. Fr. Malachy was 72 years old, a professed friar for 41 years and a priest for 35 years.