John Manning, OFM
1916 – 1992
Fr. John Manning, OFM, was born on Jan. 19, 1916 in Pelham, N.Y. After graduation from St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., he entered the novitiate at St. Bonaventure Friary, Paterson, N.J., in 1936, professing temporary vows one year later. He made his solemn profession in 1940 and was ordained in 1942.
His first assignments took him to St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City and Holy Cross Parish in the Bronx, N.Y. In 1946, Fr. John was assigned to Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where he taught philosophy for 15 years. For three years, he ministered at Our Lady’s Chapel in New Bedford, Mass., before beginning work at St. Anthony’s Guild in Paterson, N.J. He loved the Guild ministry and labored there for 24 years, serving as ecclesiastical editor and research analyst. For 20 years, he ministered on weekends at St. James Parish in Red Bank, N.J. In 1985, Fr. John was appointed vicar of Sacred Heart Friary in East Rutherford, N.J. He held this position until he retired to St. Anthony Friary, Butler, N.J., in 1992.
He died on Dec. 29, 1992 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Paterson, N.J. Fr. John was 76 years old, a professed friar for 55 years and a priest for 50 years.