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Rev. Kris von Maluski presented with Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award

NEWPORT, R.I. (Nov. 6, 2017) – The Rev. Kris von Maluski, a Fall River, Mass. native who currently serves as pastor for both St. Mary’s and St. Augustine’s parishes in Newport, was presented with the Distinguished Graduate Alumnus Award during Salve Regina University’s recent Fall Festival Weekend celebration.

Father Kris, who served as Salve Regina’s chaplain from 2009-2015, received an Advanced Certificate in Holistic Leadership from the university in 2012.

He is a graduate of Bishop Connolly High School (Fall River) and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, where he received a bachelor’s degree in computer science. He later attended Providence College for an intense year of theology and philosophy prior his seminary studies at the American College of the Immaculate Conception at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium, where he received a master’s degree in Religious Studies and an STB in Sacred Theology. In 2001, he was ordained by now Bishop Emeritus of Providence, the Most Rev. Robert E. Mulvee.

During his service as chaplain at Salve Regina, Father Kris quickly became respected and admired among the students. He became known for his friendly, outgoing and inclusive personality coupled with a beloved sense of humor. Father Kris engaged the university’s greater community as a faith leader, and his passion for service impacted all with whom he came in contact. 

Father Kris credits his coursework in holistic leadership at Salve with serving him well as he faces the daily challenge of overseeing two church communities. “The skills I learned in holistic leadership quickly became indispensable when I was asked to serve as shared pastor of two churches whose personalities were quite different,” Father Kris says. “Learning the difference between what is urgent and what should be allowed to happen organically truly helped me stay sane.”