November 30, 1922 – January 23, 2020
The Chancellor’s Office was recently informed of the death of Monsignor Thaddeus Malanowski, 97, a retired priest of the Diocese of Norwich, on Thursday January 23, 2020, while under nursing care in New Canaan, Connecticut. He resided in the Diocese of St. Petersburg from 1979 to 2007, during which he assisted in several parishes, before returning to his home diocese.
Monsignor Malanowski was born in Stamford, Connecticut and was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Hartford on May 15, 1947. He was incardinated into the Diocese of Norwich upon its establishment in 1953. During his 72 years of priestly ministry, he served in parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford and the Diocese of Norwich, after which he enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the rank of Brigadier General, being appointed as Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Army and becoming a close friend of Elvis Presley. During this time, he also served as a missionary in Haiti.
Following his retirement from military life, Monsignor Malanowski moved to the Diocese of St. Petersburg, where he assisted as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Dunedin (1979-1981) and St. Brendan Parish, Clearwater (1985-1990). In addition, he provided temporary ministry as Administrator of St. Brendan (1990-1991), St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Clearwater (1997), St. Justin, Martyr, Seminole (1998) and St. Matthew, Largo (2002). During his time in our diocese, he became a staunch advocate for the rights of Terri Schiavo, spending countless hours in prayer outside the Hospice facility where she spent her final days.
A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at Holy Name of Jesus Church, Stamford, Connecticut. Burial will follow in Saint John’s Cemetery, Darien, Connecticut.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Claudia Uva at 126 Fawn Ridge Lane, Norwalk, CT, 06851. Please keep Monsignor Malanowski and his surviving family members in your kind thoughts and prayers, during this time.
“I have competed well; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith” – 2 Timothy 4:7