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Catholic community welcomes new priest Saturday

All of Pagosa is invited to join us at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, as Catholics of Pagosa Springs officially welcome the Rev. Don Malin as the new priest for the Catholic community.

Bishop Fernando Isern, of the Diocese of Pueblo, Colo., will preside at the installation of Father Malin as the new Pastor of Pope John Paul II Catholic Church and Missions immediately preceding the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass at Pope John Paul II with a reception following in the Narthex of the church.

Father Malin is no stranger to Colorado, having served previously in the parishes of Grand Junction, Montrose, and most recently, Rocky Ford.

In an interview for the La Junta Tribune Democrat Father Malin related a bit of his bio:

“At 16 I thought I’d go into the priesthood. At 22 I said that I wasn’t ready. I got mad and got married. Twelve years later I got divorced and went through an annulment so that I could do what God wanted.”

Born in Los Angeles, Calif., Malin moved to Colorado where he taught music at Trinidad State Junior. College.

“I worked for the churches there and ran the music department. I brought computer aided instruments into music theory classes. We had a music lab, which was unheard of at a junior college at that time. I was teaching kids to compose music on a computer.”

Malin was a serious musician, working part or full time in churches for 25 years before entering seminary.

“I was a musician and a catechist for a cluster of churches. This was a big step to leave full time music behind, he stated. “I just came to a place where God had me do what he wanted me to do.”

Malin has a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in music. His specialty is guitar and choral music. At Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corner, Wisc., Malin attained a master of divinity in philosophy and theology. He also has a master’s degree in Gregorian Chant.

His philosophy for ministry is reflected in four words: charity, unity, obedience and fidelity.

“Any Christian who incorporates those four virtues will live the gospel life and will attract people to Christ,” he stated. “ ... I am preaching the word and celebrating the sacraments. Preaching is included in everything I say and do. Jesus taught by action and words. If we imitate and speak what he spoke and walk the talk, people will be attracted to what we are and what we do. I want to focus on evangelism and teaching. I want people to remember who they are and Whose they are.”

Malin is still “doing” music. The Holy Rollers, a band that he organized while in Montrose, recently released their second CD called “yearning.”

“Having no capitals (in the title) signifies humility,” Malin said. “My mission in life is to create an aura of public worship through music. That hasn’t changed, except now I do it with liturgy.” — Copyright 2008 The Tribune-Democrat. Some rights reserved

Again, please join us in welcoming Father Don to our town, and look forward to his participation in community events. Also, watch for more information about the upcoming, Aug. 12 concert with Father Don and the Holy Rollers.

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