Bishop appoints Msgr. Mannion director of community relations

Bishop Joseph Galante has appointed Monsignor Michael T. Mannion director of Community Relations for the diocese. The appointment will be effective in July, when Mannion leaves his post as rector of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in CamdenHe will be in-residence at St. Cecilia Parish, Pennsauken. Msgr. Mannion has been rector since 2002 and served as vice rector 2000-02.

In the new position, Msgr. Mannion will continue to work to initiate and cultivate relationships with individuals, business and faith-based organizations, government and law enforcement agencies and others to improve the quality of life and serve the pastoral needs of people in South Jersey.  By working in collaboration with other individuals and organizations, Msgr. Mannion said he expects that combined resources will enable the organizations to support and serve the people more effectively.

“It is my hope that such a process and outreach ministry will result in new and strengthened relationships between the Diocese of Camden and the connected individuals and communities,” said Msgr. Mannion.  “I thank Bishop Galante for his confidence in me and for the opportunity to serve the diocese in this way.”

In making the announcement, Bishop Galante said, “I am grateful for the exceptional leadership, energy and creativity that Msgr. Mannion has brought to his responsibilities as rector of the Cathedral.  I look forward to bringing his considerable talents to bear on the larger needs of the diocese.”

As rector of the Camden city Cathedral, Msgr. Mannion established strong relationships with area community leaders, non-profits and law enforcement agencies.  He gathered high-profile guest speakers for forums, roundtables and symposiums at the Cathedral, including actor Brian Dennehy, Fred M. Jacobs, M.D., J.D., Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, Major League Baseball Commissioner Faye Vincent, papal biographer George Weigel, DEA Administrator Karen Tandy, CNN’s Mark Shields and Ambassador Thomas Melady, who served as Ambassador to the Vatican, Burundi and Uganda.Msgr. Mannion has been active in  pro-life work, both in the Diocese of Camden and nationally. He has been spiritual moderator of the diocesan Pro-Life Office and moderator for Project Rachel, a ministry to women who have had abortions. He also has served as campus minister for Rutgers-Camden, and as coordinator of campus ministry for the diocese. Additionally, Msgr. Mannion has served as a member of the Diocesan AIDS Task Force; spiritual director of the St. Pius X Spiritual Life Center, Blackwood, 1998-2000; university chaplain and director of campus ministry, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1994-98; Discovery Retreat Program coordinator; and campus minister, Newman Center, Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), 1985-94. He also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Diocesan Coordinating Commission for Education in Human Sexuality; the Camden Commission for Family Ministry; Common Policy Committee for Pastoral Marriage Preparation; St. Pius X Advisory Board; and Permanent Diaconate Advisory Board. Msgr. Mannion received his bachelor’s degree in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, and a licentiate in sacred theology from the Angelicum University, Rome. He was ordained in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome, on Dec. 17, 1971. His first assignment was parochial vicar of St. Ann Parish, Westville, 1972-75.