Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, Bishop of Greensburg, will serve as homilist and principal celebrant for the Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict, Abbot, at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 5 in the Saint Vincent Archabbey Basilica.
Bishop Malesic was appointed by Pope Francis as the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg, April 24, 2015, and was ordained and installed as Bishop of Greensburg, July 13, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput served as principal ordaining bishop.
He is a 1978 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School, Harrisburg, and attended Lebanon Valley College in Annville, as a biology major for three years prior to entering the seminary. In 1981, he was accepted into the seminary program at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy in 1983. He continued his theological studies at the Josephinum and was awarded a master of divinity degree in 1987.
Then Bishop of Harrisburg, William H. Keeler, ordained him to the diaconate May 24, 1986, and to the priesthood May 30, 1987, at Saint Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.
Bishop Malesic has served in various pastoral assignments in the Diocese of Harrisburg. He was the assistant pastor of Saint Theresa Parish, New Cumberland, from 1987-1989; and the assistant pastor of Saint Rose of Lima Parish, York, from 1989-1992. While in York he also served as the Catholic Campus Minister of York College of Pennsylvania.
He was appointed to full time campus ministry in 1992 and served for four years at Millersville University. In 1993 he was also appointed to campus ministry at Franklin and Marshall College in nearby Lancaster.
In 1996, Bishop Nicholas C. Dattilo sent him to study canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He received his licentiate in canon law in 1998 and has served the Tribunal in various capacities, including Auditor, Adjutant Judicial Vicar and Secretary for Canonical Services. Bishop Malesic was appointed Judicial Vicar in 2006, a position he currently holds. He is a member of the Canon Law Society of America and is Secretary of the Eastern Regional Conference of Canonists.
He resided at Saint Margaret Mary Parish in Harrisburg from 1996 to 2000 and at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Mechanicsburg from 2000 to 2004. While living in Mechanicsburg, Bishop Malesic also served the spiritual needs of the students of Messiah College in Dillsburg.
In 2004 Bishop Malesic was appointed to Holy Infant Parish in York Haven, as administrator and later as pastor December 22, 2004. He guided the parish for 11 years and oversaw the relocation and construction of a new church and parish center, which is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Additional Boards, Committees and Organizations on which Bishop Malesic has served: Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, Continuing Formation of Clergy Committee, Seminarian Review Board, Diocesan Presbyteral Council, College of Consultors., Bishop’s Administrative Board, and the Youth Protection Committee of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference.