Malley’s Chocolates Former President: At Rest in St. Joseph Cemetery

If you live in the Cleveland area, chances are that you’re familiar with the delicate white and pink packaging of a Malley’s chocolate bar. What was once a small mom and pop operation, Malley’s chocolates now boasts 23 retail locations across Northeast Ohio, an online store, and countless fundraiser opportunities. Malley’s is known for their special recipes and techniques when it comes to chocolate making—whether it’s classic truffles and chocolate covered nuts, or more eclectic options such as their chocolate covered potato chips or Oreos (known affectionately as “Malley Oh’s!”)

While many are familiar with the Malley’s brand and its sweet treats, few know the story behind Malley’s. Keep reading to learn more about this “sweet” family legacy!


1935 –The Great Depression is well underway. Albert “Mike” Malley, however is focusing on his lifelong dream: to open his own chocolate shop. He was able to gather $500 to rent a store space in Lakewood, OH. Mike, his wife “Jo”, and their children lived in the back rooms of the space. Slowly but surely, Mike’s dream started to take form.

In 1949 Mike opened a second Malley’s location. By this time, reputation about Malley’s chocolates had spread across the community. On opening night of this new location, police were called in to help control the crowds!

One of Mike’s children, Bill, took a special interest in the family business. He incorporated several new ideas into the growing company and assured the continued development of the increasingly notable chocolate company.

Bill became President of Malley’s chocolates in 1967. Under his leadership, sales grew even more and soon a larger factory was needed to keep up with increasing demand. Bill’s wife, Adele also contributed to the success of Malley’s chocolates through her attention to detail and design. Adele was so talented at product presentation, store layout, and general design that she founded Malley’s School of Merchandising in 1983 with the intent to help similar businesses in accomplishing their goals.

Bill and Adele led Malley’s into so much success that they were both inducted into the Candy Hall of Fame in 2014. The couple has also received special recognition from Retail Confectioners International and have been deemed Emeritus Master Chocolatiers. All six of their children work for the Malley’s company to this day.

Sadly, Bill Malley passed away in October 2016. He is buried at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Avon. His final resting place is marked by a symbol of his hard work and dedication – the iconic Malley’s bunny. His unique monument represents his legacy of creating community and joy that will continue to live on in others.
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Information gathered from: https://malleys.com/ 

Post written by Katie Karpinski and Gabrielle Sergi

St. Dymphna: Patroness of the Mentally Ill

Saint Dymphna is not a commonly known Catholic saint. This, perhaps, is due to the troubling nature of her very short time here on Earth. As tragic as her story may be, it is also one of inspirational courage and conviction to her faith.

St. Dymphna was born in 7th century Ireland to the pagan king, Damon. Her mother, who was Christian, secretly baptized Dymphna. When St. Dymphna was only a young teenager, her mother tragically died. Her father’s broken heart drove him into madness and mental illness engulfed him. The king’s counsellors suggested he try a second marriage. He agreed, but could not find a new bride as beautiful as his late wife. Because Dymphna reminded Damon of his departed wife, he eventually sought to marry his daughter. Repulsed, the princess fled to the town of Gheel, Belgium.

In Damon’s search for his daughter, spies soon reported her location. Once he arrived, Damon attempted to persuade Dymphna into marriage. He made elaborate promises of money and prestige. When this approach failed, his frustrations were expressed through threats and insults. Dymphna remained steadfast. She would rather die than be unable to uphold her vows of virginity and virtue. The king ordered his men to kill Dymphna. Sadly, the king’s orders were fulfilled and Dymphna was tragically martyred. She was only fifteen years old.

Due to Dymphna’s family history and circumstances of her death, she was named a patroness of the nervous, emotionally disturbed, mentally ill, those who suffer from neurological disorders, and victims of incest.  To this day many suffering from mental illness travel to Gheel to seek healing. An infirmary was built over the site of her death and several attributed miracles have been reported in relation to Saint Dymphna since.

St. Dymphna’s feast day is celebrated on May 15.

St. Dymphna lived a brief but courageous life. The young girl’s story is an example of the bravery and strength we are all called to display through our faith. Whether you personally suffer from mental illness or if mental illness has impacted your life any way, know that St. Dymphna is guiding you into greater love and healing through the grace of God.

 

A prayer to St. Dymphna:

Good Saint Dymphna, stdymphna
great wonder-worker in every affliction of mind and body,
I humbly implore your powerful intercession with Jesus through Mary, the Health of the Sick, in my present need.
Saint Dymphna, martyr of purity, patroness of those who suffer with nervous and mental afflictions,
beloved child of Jesus and Mary, pray to Them for me and obtain my request.

Saint Dymphna, Virgin, and Martyr, pray for us.

Saint Felicitas of Rome: Patron of Grieving Parents

Saint Felicitas (otherwise known as Felicity) doesn’t have the same wide awareness or acknowledgment as other Catholic saints. Born around 101 AD in Rome, there is no clear documentation on the life of Saint Felicity. However, those who witnessed her death continually recollected the story to others, thereby ensuring that Felicitas’ story can be shared by those of us still alive today.

Saint Felicitas
Photo Credit: Orthochristian.com

As previously stated, Felicitas was born relatively soon after the death of Christ. She was married to a wealthy merchant, and the pair had seven sons together. After the birth of their seventh son, her husband passed away leaving Felicitas to care for seven children on her own. However, through this hardship, she remained incredibly faithful. She lived a life completely dedicated to Christ and could often be found performing acts of charity (such as feeding and clothing the poor). As she continued to minister to the people of her community, she also fostered countless conversions to Christianity—putting her in the spotlight of several pagan leaders of the time.

Her outward display of faith was so troubling to the pagan leaders that they reported her to the Emperor, Marcus Aurelius, under the guise of heresy. Aurelius ordered that Felicitas and her sons worship the pagan gods and abandon their devotion to Christ. Felicitas refused them time and time again, her sons following her example. In response, Aurelius ordered that Felicitas and all seven of her sons be executed. Felicitas did not waver in her faith or show signs of weakness– her only request was that she should be the last to die so that she could be with each of her sons during their time of suffering.

After the death of each of her sons, Felicitas was given the opportunity to denounce her faith. Each time she refused and instead looked to God for comfort and strength. She (along with her sons Alexander, Vitalis, Martial, Januarius, Felix, Philip, and Sylvanus) died in 165 as a martyr of the Church. It’s said that she died eight times—once for each of her sons and then for her own final death.

As sorrowing as her story may be, there is some comfort to be found in the life of Saint Felicitas. She, along with Mary our Mother and many other saints, know the personal pain and suffering that comes with losing a child. It is for this reason that she has become one of the patron saints of those parents who have lost a child or struggle with infertility. Her story reminds us that sometimes God’s plan doesn’t make sense. Sometimes it doesn’t seem fair or right. However, Saint Felicitas kept a strong focus on the Lord, even when it meant losing her own children. Felicitas knew that those who are innocent, pure, and devoted to God will be rewarded greatly in Heaven.

If you are a grieving parent, know someone who is grieving a child, or are someone who struggles with infertility, say a quick prayer to Saint Felicitas for strength and comfort. Look to her as an example of remaining true to Christ even in times of great personal sacrifice and hardship. Remember that His plan may not always make sense, but it will always lead you toward greater salvation.

 

Post written by Katie Karpinski

Saint Michael the Archangel: Defender of the Church

Saint Michael the Archangel is the subject of many legends, prayers, modern movies, and television programs. While not technically a saint, Michael is the leader of all angels in God’s heavenly army. Saint Michael is typically depicted as a defender and has earned the patronage of those in the Armed Forces. Often, Saint Michael is called upon during dangerous situations and, in many ways, he is the guardian angel of the Catholic Church itself.

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Saint Michael has been known to perform three important tasks:

  1. Fight against Satan
  2. Fight for and defend Christians and the Catholic Church
  3. Be with us during our time of death and guide us into the after-life.

Saint Michael’s third role of guiding the souls of the dead has earned him the nickname of “The Angel of Death,” as referenced during Passover in the Old Testament. Saint Michael has few direct mentions in the Bible, with his name appearing only four times: twice in Daniel, once in the Epistle of Saint Jude as guarding the tomb of Moses, and once in Revelation as he and his angels battle a dragon. In terms of documented human encounters, Saint Michael has been reported to be seen during battles and times of war across the world. Churches and shrines named in his honor can be found in nearly every country, as he still exists as one of the most well-known and familiar Saints to this day.

Undoubtedly, Saint Michael is many things to many people. He can be called upon for any variety of situations. Here at the Catholic Cemeteries, his function as deliverer of souls bears special meaning. Death is a frightening concept for many people, which is completely understandable. There is an innate fear of the unknown, and even those with the strongest faith may find themselves in fear of “what comes next.” However—there is much hope to be found in that God sends His greatest warrior to personally guide us through this transition. No one is alone when they pass away. They are surrounded and protected by an angel who combats the Devil himself.

Take a moment to pray to Saint Michael that he may protect you today, and every day hereafter—even in death.

Post written by Katie Karpinski
Edited by Joe Marques

Saint Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene is, perhaps, one of the most well-known biblical figures. As a close follower of Christ, Mary Magdalene’s story is one all of us can relate to in some regard. Perhaps her recognition can be attributed to her relatability—as someone who found themselves deep in the life of sin yet found hope and salvation after encountering Jesus Christ. After leading a life filled with sin, Mary comes in contact with Christ and is forever changed. Keep reading to learn more about this beloved saint and her lasting legacy.

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While no specific information is known about Mary before her time with Christ, it’s been speculated by many historians that she was from the town of Magdala—a patronage clearly evidenced in her last name, Magdalene. Magdala was a small village near the Sea of Galilee, known for its fish markets. Her first name, Mary, was a common Jewish name at the time. Because of this commonality, there are many figures in the Bible with the first name Mary, including the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. For this reason, Mary Magdalene is always referred to by her first and last name.

Appearing in the Gospels of Mark, Matthew, and Luke, Mary Magdalene is first introduced as someone “from whom seven demons had gone out.” In other words, Mary Magdalene was someone fully corrupted by the powers of temptation and sin.

“Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.”

— Luke 8:1–3

However, what happened after her exorcisms is what we know and recognize today. As it states in the scripture passage above, Mary (along with other women with similar backgrounds) turned away from their former lives and walked with Christ along His missionary journey. Another interesting takeaway from this passage is that it mentions the charitable works of Mary Magdalene. As the passage concludes, “who provided for them out of their resources” it’s implied that Mary Magdalene was a woman from a wealthy family, someone who was able to provide for Christ and His followers as they traveled.

Most of us are familiar with the story of Mary’s life after meeting Jesus. She was there with Him throughout His ministry. She was there with Him when He died. And she was there when He resurrected from the dead. From the moment she encountered Christ, Mary Magdalene refused to leave His side, she abandoned her dependence on sin and offered up her material possessions in an effort to help Christ spread the word of God.

While Saint Mary Magdalene may have lived thousands of years ago, her life is still one we can all learn from. Her trust and reliance in Christ is an example to us all of how God can soften hardened hearts and give hope to those deep in sin or doubt. During the Easter season and beyond let us all remember that we are called to follow Christ just as Mary Magdalene did. Do not be ashamed of your previous mistakes or behaviors. Instead, forge a new path and follow Christ in everything you do.

Post written by Katie Karpinski
Post edited by Joe Marques