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St. John's Seminary to Sponsor Lecture on Life and Legacy of Cardinal Timothy Manning.

Monsignor Clement Connolly to Lead Lecture at Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena next Tuesday, June 23, 2009, the 20th Anniversary of Cardinal Manning's Death

CAMARILLO, Calif., June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- St. John's Seminary announced today that it will sponsor a lecture on the Life and Legacy of Cardinal Timothy Manning by Monsignor Clement Connolly on Tuesday, June 23, 2009, at Holy Family Parish in South Pasadena, 1527 Fremont Avenue (at Fremont and Rollin Street). The lecture begins at 7:15 PM and will be followed by a reception. The lecture is free and open to the public. For reservations and information please call (805) 389-2035 or write

"As a young man growing up in Ireland, Timothy Manning discerned a call to the priesthood and to be a missionary. Rather than seeking to serve in his homeland, young Timothy chose to commit himself to the Diocese of Los Angeles. His journey brought untold blessings to the southland and to us here at St. John's Seminary," says Craig Cox, Rector/President at St. John's.

Ordained by Bishop John J. Cantwell on June 16, 1934, this holy priest gave his life in service to his new home for 55 years. Over 43 of those years he served as a bishop -- Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles, the founding Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, and Archbishop of Los Angeles.

As a bishop, Cardinal Manning ordained 349 priests and confirmed approximately 650,000 people. During his time as Archbishop he dedicated 30 churches, established the House of Prayer for Priests, and established the permanent diaconate in the Archdiocese. In 1978 he voted in two papal elections (the conclaves that selected Popes John Paul I and John Paul II).

In his doctoral dissertation, Father Manning focused on educating seminarians. "It's no wonder consequently that Cardinal Manning had a special love for St. John's Seminary and visited the campus often," says Monsignor Cox.

The twentieth anniversary of the death of Cardinal Manning will be June 23, 2009. Later this year, November 14 will be the 100th anniversary of his birth.

In gratitude for his service and his sterling example of priestly holiness, St. John's Seminary is inviting all the people of the Archdiocese to help establish a Chair in Priestly Spirituality as a tribute to Cardinal Manning.

"We encourage donors to pledge over the next six months, between the June anniversary of Cardinal Manning's death and the November anniversary of his birth or to make a one-time gift," says Monsignor Cox. "We encourage everyone to attend the free lectures at Holy Family with Monsignor Clem Connolly. These will be very special evenings."

Phillip Hawley, chairman of PM Hawley, Inc., and formerly of Carter Hawley Hale, which operated the Broadway Department Stores in Los Angeles, co-chairs the Honorary Committee at St. John's for the Cardinal Manning Chair. He says:

"We are all the beneficiaries of Cardinal Manning's remarkable service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Our lives have been enriched as a result of this good shepherd. Establishing a Chair in Priestly Spirituality in Cardinal Manning's name will be a most fitting memorial and a continuing reminder of all that this good priest has done to support and advance the education of seminarians. Please join us by giving your support to the founding of the Cardinal Manning Chair."

The Honorary Committee for the Cardinal Timothy Manning Chair in Priestly Spirituality includes:
 Co-Chairs: Monsignor Clement Connolly
 Mr. Philip Hawley

 Members: Mr. Michael Feeley
 Dr. John and Margaret Given
 Sister Mary Glennon, C.H.F.
 Mrs. Norma Gonzales
 Mr. Bill Mortensen
 Mrs. Teresa B. Nally
 Sister Edith Prendergast, S.C.
 Mrs. Katherine Russell
 Bishop Sylvester Ryan
 Monsignor Lloyd Torgerson
 Monsignor Francis J. Weber

For further information, please contact St. John's Seminary Advancement Office by phone at (805) 389-2035 or email:

CONTACT: John Lockhart of St. John's Seminary, +1-805-389-2037,

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