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Birthday bash planned for beloved Saint Martin’s monk

Father Kilian Malvey takes cover from the rain outside the Saint Martin’s Abbey church doorways in November 2014. Malvey, who has been at Saint Martin’s since he was a high school student, now teaches classes on religion and English. The university is holding a party for his 80th birthday Saturday.
Father Kilian Malvey takes cover from the rain outside the Saint Martin’s Abbey church doorways in November 2014. Malvey, who has been at Saint Martin’s since he was a high school student, now teaches classes on religion and English. The university is holding a party for his 80th birthday Saturday. Staff file, 2014

Saint Martin’s University will host an 80th birthday party for Father Kilian Malvey noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Malvey was one of eight monks profiled in the award-winning “Behind the Cloister,” a 2015 special section on the monks of Saint Martin’s that was published in The Olympian. For more than a year, a reporter and photographer were able to witness the monks’ lifestyle firsthand, more than any other outsiders have been allowed to do in the monastery’s nearly 121-year history, according to Abbot Neal Roth.

Malvey has taught English and religious studies at Saint Martin’s for about 55 years, and is director of the school’s Benedictine Institute.

“One of my favorite stories is how, as a registrar, he defied the draft board during the Vietnam War by refusing to forward names of students who fell below a 2.0 GPA,” said Deanna Partlow, interim media relations manager for the university. “They finally sent representatives to the school for a student GPA list, which he wouldn’t turn over. He’s still that guy.”

The event will be in the Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE, Lacey. In lieu of gifts, people are asked to consider a donation to the Father Kilian Malvey Scholarship Endowment. The university asks that people planning to attend RSVP by calling 360-438-4366.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433, @Lisa_Pemberton

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