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Prayer request for Father Michael Manning, S.V.D.


Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/07/16

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The following email was forwarded to me from

We know you are concerned and praying for Father Mike Manning, SVD. Father Mike was re-admitted to Riverside Community Hospital yesterday due to severe physical weakness.  He has been diagnosed with cancerous lesions in his chest and brain.  Father Mike will begin radiation treatment soon.  Cards of support can be sent to the SVD Community, 11316 Cypress Avenue, Riverside 92505; or Wordnet Productions, 532 North D Street, San Bernardino 92401. Thank you very much for your continued prayerful support.

Many may remember Father Mike Manning from his popular TV ministry:

Father Michael Manning is a Roman Catholic priest whose ministry is television. His program, The Word in the World, is seen weekly on The Church Channel. His programs also broadcast on Catholic television stations in Rockville Center, Yonkers, Youngstown and Fresno. Manning is also aired on the worldwide Military Network. In 1972 Manning began his ministry by hosting and producing the program “Run for Daylight” on a cable system in San Bernardino, California. In 1978 he started a nationally syndicated weekly program. Manning’s goal is to present Catholic perspectives on life’s issues. He has a driving desire to build bridges among people of different Christian denominations and religions. He champions the causes of the poor and disenfranchised. His teachings bring insights into the Bible and the Catholic faith. Manning has appeared as a guest on Larry King Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Nancy Grace, The History Channel, Doctor Laura, The Leeza Show, The Montel Williams Show, The Phil Donahue Show, Hard Copy, Helpline at NBC and CBS Real People, The 700 Club, and Today’s Religion. For nine years he was a regular guest on the radio program Religion on the Line on KABC in Los Angeles with Dennis Prager.

And then there was this:

In April, 2011 Fr. Manning announced a one-month leave from his television show as a result of the revelation that he was involved in an inappropriate relation with his second cousin, Nancy Kotowski, the Monterey County, California superintendent of schools. As of May 13, 2011, with the full support of his Provincial Superior of the Western Province of Society of the Divine Word and the Bishop of San Bernardino, Fr. Manning has moved back into full active ministry. The weekly show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN), as well as the daily smart phone app, iGodToday, sponsored by the Vatican Observatory, continue.

He’s been an engaging, thoughtful and inspiring presence in the lives of many for over three decades. My wife and I always enjoyed watching him when he was on TV in the New York area. Please remember him and those who love him in your prayers.

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