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Rev. Michael John Manning, SVD, 75

SAN BERNARDINO, CA - Reverend Michael John Manning, SVD, 75, joyful and beloved television host and inspirational speaker for over forty years, entered the eternal joy of God's embrace on December 14, 2016 having struggled with cancer diagnosed earlier this year. Many people across the U.S. and around the world hold him close in prayer, with love and gratitude for the gift he was in their lives.

Father Mike was born December 31, 1940 in Muncie, and was the brother of long-time Muncie dentist, the late William J. Manning, DDS. He is survived by many nephews, nieces, and cousins across the country. Father Mike was ordained a priest in 1969 and received degrees in Philosophy, Theology and Fine Arts from Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.  He became Founder and President of Wordnet Productions,, in 1978 and Pastor of St. Anthony Parish in San Bernardino, California from 2003 to 2007. 

Father Mike was called on many times as a guest to represent the Catholic Church on a variety of radio and television programs like "Larry King Live" and Michael Levine's "Without Notes." In 2006 Father Mike received the prestigious Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice cross from Pope Benedict XVI. Father Mike wrote numerous books and pamphlets, and his television program, The Word in the World, has sent the joy of the Gospel around the world weekly on several television networks. 

The Funeral Eucharist will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. on December 21, 2016 at Queen of Angels Church in Riverside, California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Wordnet Productions, 532 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA, 92401. 

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In the words of Father Mike's signature blessing: "May Jesus' love for you make you smile!"
Published in The Star Press on Dec. 21, 2016
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