The Faculty of Theology are delighted to welcome Rev Dr Patrick Manning to the Pontifical University, Maynooth. Dr Manning is spending much of the semester at Maynooth continuing his research.
Dr Manning is Associate Professor of Theology at Walsh University, Ohio USA.
Born the second of 10 children in Youngstown, Ohio, to wonderful Irish-Catholic parents, Fr. Manning attended Catholic grad and high schools, something for which he will always be grateful. In 1970, he entered the seminary to see if he would like it, and it seems so, as he was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Youngstown, Ohio, in July, 1978. God has blessed him with the opportunities to be a parochial vicar, high school teacher and administrator, campus minister, pastor, seminary professor and vice-rector and a professor in a number of settings at the university level. This has brought him to his present position at Walsh University.
In the past, Fr. Manning has taught a variety of courses on the Old and New Testaments, church history, the Gospel of John, Scripture and the Catholic Tradition and, in the graduate school a course on The Development of Doctrine. The aim of his teaching is to engage the students' creative imaginations by challenging them to see that their experience life experience so far has been a "religious" experience. The aim is to assist students, through their experience reading, studying and class discussion, and by reflecting on their life experiences, to see the necessary marriage (and thus compatibility) of faith and reason. More, students are then challenged to see their own personal "stories" in the context of the "big" story", i.e., God's love for them in Jesus, and their call to be with their Creator, face to face, in life eternal.
Fr. Manning's areas of concentration are historical theology and systematic theology. He has a special interest in the confluence of theological anthropology and existential phenomenology, as the marriage of faith and reason, held so dear in our Roman Catholic Tradition, has always been an attraction for him. He has done extensive work in the past in studying the Anabaptist tradition in general and the Old Order Amish in particular, and his area of expertise in his doctoral work (and continued interest), has been the person and work of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.