REV. KRIS VON MALUSKI
The dynamic, witty and non-stop Father Kris von Maluski was assigned as Pastor to St. Mary’s Church by Bishop Thomas J. Tobin on July 1st, 2013. He was born and raised in Fall River, MA and graduated from Bishop Connolly High School and University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth, MA, where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He later attended Providence College for an intense year of theology and philosophy prior to major seminar. His seminary studies took place at the American College of the Immaculate Conception at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he received a master’s degree in sacred theology. In 2001, he was ordained by now Bishop Emeritus of Providence, the Most Reverend Robert E. Mulvee.
Prior to the priesthood, Father Kris had worked in the secular world as a contractor for the U.S. Navy in Newport and was a youth counselor for an inter-denominational outreach group called Young Life. His natural ability to connect with young people later led to a position with the Diocese of Providence where he worked for eight years on youth evangelization before attending the seminary in Belgium at age 37. Before his assignment at St. Mary’s Church, Father Kris served for four years as chaplain of Salve Regina University in Newport. Other former assignments include assistant pastor of St. Anthony in North Providence, St. Edward in Providence and St. Francis de Sales in North Kingstown.
Father Kris’ compassion for others, positive attitude and vigor for his role at St. Mary’s has sparked new energy in the congregation that has spread into the wider community. Last year, he embraced the start-up of the Church-sponsored “Return to Camelot” – a multimedia presentation about the Sept. 12, 1953 wedding of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier at St. Mary’s Church. The program has earned St. Mary’s heightened attention from the public and brought thousands of local people and tourists from around the world to learn about America’s only Catholic President and the history and unique beauty of St. Mary’s Church. Presently, Father Kris is leading the St. Mary’s Souls in Harmony campaign to raise money for the refurbishment of the Church’s nearly 60-year-old pipe organ and the restoration of the choir loft.
MARY O'NEILL, M.B.A., FINANCE DIRECTOR, ST. MARY’S AND ST. AUGUSTIN’S CHURCHES
Mary is a life-long Middletown resident and has been a parishioner of St. Mary’s Church since childhood. For many years, Mary has been a member of the Church Music Ministry and is a Parish cantor, leading the congregation in song at Masses and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year.
She is an accomplished financial manager with over 20 years of experience preparing organizational budgets, payrolls and annual reports. In her role as finance director for St. Mary’s and St. Augustin’s churches, Mary manages their day-to-day operations and is available to answer questions and solve problems for parishioners. She also supports community relations, works with vendors, prepares the Church Bulletin and works on special projects. Mary is also co-owner of D&D Fence Company and Rock Island LLC. She has a M.B.A. and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Phoenix.
Kyle Medeiros, Director of Music, Organist, Wedding Coordinator
We welcome Kyle Medieros' musical talents and booming singing voice to St. Mary's Church. Kyle is highly skilled with 39 years of experience in planning, teaching, and directing all styles of liturgical music. He has a wonderful ability to motivate choir members as well as parishioners to appreciate good and tasteful church music and to achieve their maximum worship potential. He emphasises the role of the congregation to sing the parts of the Mass that are rightly theirs. Kyle will be pleased to assist you in chosing music for weddings and funerals. He will also guide you throughout the process of having your wedding at St. Mary's or St. Augustin's.