Fr. Kilian Malvey, O.S.B.

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Vice President of Mission Integration

Professor, English

Professor, Theology and Religious Studies


Area of Expertise

  • English
  • Religious Studies


D.Min., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., Marquette University; M.T.S., Boston Theological Institute; B.A., Saint Martin's College; B.A., Heythrop College, University of London.

Fr. Kilian J. Malvey, O.S.B. is a member of St. Martin's Abbey, professor of English, Theology and Religious Studies at Saint Martin's University and former director of the university’s Spiritual Life Institute. 

Originally from Manhattan, New York, Fr. Kilian came to Saint Martin's in 1953, as a boarding student in the Saint Martin’s High School. His parents were strong believers in the importance of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition, and an education based in the Liberal Arts as a means of liberating the individual from prejudice and narrowmindedness while developing a commitment to social justice and the fundamental rights and value of every person.  For Fr. Kilian, Saint Martin's is a family affair: two brothers and two nieces have graduated from Saint Martin's University and three cousins from Saint Martin's High School. Fr. Kilian graduated from Saint Martin's University in 1964 with a bachelor of arts degree in Literature, and continued his studies through the years in Wisconsin, Canada, England, Berkeley and Weston Theological University in Boston. 

Accomplishments: Professionally, Fr. Kilian has held positions as University registrar, dean of men, dean of students, director of residence, director of Campus Ministry, chair of the English department and chair of Religious Studies. He served as a member of the Personnel Board for the Catholic Arch Diocese of Seattle and the President's Council; he is a member of the Society of Fellows and the MLA. Most recently, Fr. Kilian was appointed to the Board of Trustees. 

Fr. Kilian is the originator of the Spiritual Life Institute. His favorite program at Saint Martin's University is the Summer Spiritual Life Institute because it "brings to the campus unique and creative voices; it challenges traditional ways of thinking."  

Father Kilian guest lectures on the history of Saint Martin’s University and Abbey and on the short stories of Flannery O’Connor. He is a strong supporter and advocate for all aspects regarding the preservation of Nature and the environment. He presently serves as Junior Master for the junior monks of the Abbey.