Parish Leader Teams up with Newly Ordained Priest to Promote “Spirit of Healing"
Rockville Centre, New York, July 18, 2006 – Bishop William Murphy appointed Father James Mannion as pastor of Holy Family parish in Hicksville, N.Y., effective June 28, 2006.
Father Mannion had previously been pastor at Cure of Ars parish in Merrick, N.Y. until he had a heart attack in January 2003. He was then re-assigned to St. Brigid’s parish in Westbury as associate pastor.
Although he was saddened to leave Cure of Ars, his home parish, Father Mannion said parishioners at Holy Family parish need him and newly ordained Father Henry Reid to help them through difficult times.
“There’s a need for a spirit of healing, a need for a spirit of new life in the midst of all the pain,” said Father Mannion. “My main concern is to be the pastor that brings people together.”
He compared his parishioners to a “large family,” saying he aims for them to “get along with each other.”
Father Mannion was ordained a priest December 12, 1981 and assigned to Our Lady of the Snow parish in Blue Point, N.Y. Later assignments included St. Bernard parish in Levittown, N.Y., St. Catherine of Sienna parish in Franklin Square, N.Y., St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn, N.Y. and St. Frances de Chantel parish in Wantagh, N.Y.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Cathedral College, a master’s degree in theology from the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, N.Y. and a master’s degree in social work from Adelphi University.
Holy Family parish needs to focus on reaching out and teaching, according to Father Mannion.
“We want people to feel a part of something bigger than themselves.”
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