Bishop Dorsey McConnell is pleased to announce the appointment of the Rev. Shawn Malarkey as Canon to the Ordinary for the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh, effective the First Sunday of Advent, December 3, 2017. Fr. Malarkey will retain his responsibilities as Rector of Church of the Nativity, Crafton, sharing time between these roles. This transition will coincide with the retirement of the Rev. Canon Ted Babcock from his role as Canon for Congregational Support.

"We are immensely grateful to Father Ted for his work and ministry on behalf of our parishes, and extend our prayers and best wishes to him and his family as they begin this new chapter in their lives," said Bishop McConnell. 

"At the same time, we are excited to welcome Father Shawn to his new role on the diocesan staff and couldn't be more pleased with the pastoral and administrative gifts he brings to this work, as we reestablish the position of Canon to the Ordinary locally."

Fr. Malarkey was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, serving that diocese in an administrative capacity before engaging in ministry in two large suburban parishes. After joining the Episcopal Church in 2006, he worked as a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor before reengaging priestly ministry upon the reception of his ordination by the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh in 2015. During the reception process, he served at St. Brendan's, Franklin Park, and Nativity, where he was called as Rector in 2016. He and wife Jolean have two adult children, Kayla and Joseph, and live in Crafton with their lab mix, Dexter.