Being Tim Manning

Tim Manning had an eventful religious life with active participation in the Roman Catholic Church. The major role of his life was as the Archbishop of Los Angeles.

Tim Manning was born in 1909 to Margaret and Cornelius Manning in Ballingeary, Ireland. He went to Mungret College and later joined the call for priests. After a few years, he was ordained and he completed his studies at the Pontificial Gregorian University, Rome.

His Episcopal career began as he was made the Titular Bishop of Lesvi and Auxiliary Bishop of LA. His Episcopal consecration was presented by Bishop Joseph McGucken.


After more than 20 years, Tim Manning was made the very first Bishop of Fresno. During his term, he supported labor unions and brought harmony among disputing groups. In another two years’ time, Tim Manning was made the Capreae Titular Archbishop, and Coadjutor Archbishop of LA.

He was the third Archbishop of LA after James Francis McIntyre and did many reforms during his tenure. The major reforms were making special ministries for the minorities and special councils for extra participation from clergy and laity. He also supported the formation of Loyola Marymount University, which followed a co-ed system. Prior to this, Loyola was an all male university, and Marymount was an all female college.

Tim Manning was soon made the cardinal priest of Santa Lucia a Piazza d’Armi. He also played an important part in the Vietnam War as he guided young men about their rights and to be conscientious objectors. He was pro life and declared that if any Catholic cooperated in an abortion process, he/she would be excommunicated from the church, and this included the mother as well.

Tim Manning was among the cardinal electors participating in the Papal conclaves, and selected Pope John Paul I and Pope John Paul II. He was in favor of selecting a pope who could change the lives of people with his loving heart.

Tim Manning spent 15 years of his life in LA and later retired and lived in South Pasadena. He passed away at the Norris Cancer Hospital at University of Southern California when he was 79 years old. His grave is at the Calvary cemetery in Los Angeles.

March 28 2011 02:25 am | Tim Manning

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