Tim Manning- A Symbol of Religiousness

Tim Manning was a very important figure in the Roman Catholic Church, and he remained the Archbishop of Los Angeles for almost 15 years.

Born in Ballingeary, a small village in Ireland, Tim Manning attended the Mungret College in Limerick. He soon followed the call for priests held in the U.S. and from there he entered Saint Patrick Seminary. On June 16, 1934, Tim Manning received the holy orders and continued further studies at Pontificial Gregorian University. From there he obtained doctorate in canon law.

As he returned to U.S, he joined Archdiocese of Los Angeles as a pastor while serving as a secretary to Archbishop John Cantwell. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, he was soon promoted to the position of Chamberlain of His Holiness in 1943. Later in 1945, he was raised to become the Domestic Prelate of His Holiness. And in 1946, he was the chancellor of Archdiocese.

He was made the Los Angeles auxiliary bishop in 1946 and later was made the Lesvi titular bishop. Tim Manning received Episcopal consecration on October 1946 from Bishop Joseph McGucken. In the year 1955, he became the vicar general of Archdiocese and went to Second Vatican Council for three years.

Tim Manning soon became the Bishop of Fresno and he supported the labor union and brought peace between grape producers and grape pickers.

Having spent about two years in Fresno, Tim Manning was raised to the level of Los Angeles Coadjutor Archbishop. He then became the Los Angeles Archbishop, following James Francis McIntyre. During the end of McIntyre’s term, tensions were cropping up between minorities and the clergy. Tim Manning proved to be the mediator as he listened to both sides and then provided a solution to end the arguments. To provide help to the minorities, he made separate ministries for Hispanics and African Americans. He also made a presbyterial board to allow the clergy to participate more in the Archdiocese governance, and an inter-parochial board to allow the laity to participate as well.

Tim Manning allowed co-education in colleges and combined the Loyola University and Marymount College to form the Loyola Marymount University.

He lived a glorious life of reforms and passed away at the age of 79 in the University of Southern California Norris Cancer Hospital. He is buried in East Los Angeles at Calvary Cemetery.

March 28 2011 02:26 am | Tim Manning

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