Fr. Michael Manning, SVD

Fr. Michael Manning was born in Muncie, Indiana, and is one of four children in his family. He entered the SVD novitiate in 1961 in Conesus, NY after completing High School at the Society's minor seminary in Girard, PA. He professed first vows as a Divine Word Missionary in 1963. Fr. Mike studied theology, took perpetual vows in 1968 and was ordained in 1969 in Techny, IL. He served in Verbum Dei High School in Watts (Los Angeles) and was vocation director at our college seminary in Epworth, Iowa for seven years. In 1979, Fr. Mike became Provincial of the Western Province and began his ministry in broadcasting in San Bernardino. He currently is President of Wordnet Productions and is pastor of St. Anthony Parish in San Bernardino, CA.

Fr. Michael Manning, SVD and Wordnet Productions

Spreading the Word on the Airwaves
By Bro. Steve Pardy, SVD

Father Michael Manning is a Catholic priest whose unique ministry is television. Presently he is seen weekly on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, putting his message into over 200 million households across the country and around the world. His programs have also been seen on the worldwide Armed Services Network.

In 1972, Fr. Manning began his ministry by hosting and producing the program "Run for Daylight" on a cable system in San Bernardino, California. In 1978, he began a nationally syndicated weekly program.

Fr. Mike's goal is to present Catholic perspectives on life's issues. He has driving desire to build bridges among people of different denominations and religions. He champions the causes of the poor and disenfranchised. His teachings bring fresh and exciting insights into the Bible and the Catholic faith.

Father has appeared as guest on Larry King Live, Doctor Laura, The Leeza Show, The Montel Williams Show, The Phil Donahue Show, Hard Copy, Helpline, Real People, The 700 Club, and Today’s Religion. On radio, he’s been a guest on Religious Seekers with Michael Levine and Clergy on Call. He was a regular guest on the popular radio program, Religion on the Line on KABC in Los Angeles. He appeared with Robert DeNiro in the film, “Guilt by Suspicion.”

Father has written several books and booklets, including Pardon My Lenten Smile!, Proclaimed from the Rooftops, Life Full of Surprises, On Camera and Off, Questions and Answers for Today’s Catholics and How Do I Forgive Myself?

Fr. Mike has degrees in Philosophy and Theology plus an M.F.A. in play writing. In addition to his media work, he is a popular speaker at national and international conventions.

Fr. Mike is a member of the Society of the Divine Word, an international religious community that serves the needs of the poor. He is the Founder and President of Wordnet Productions, whose mission is:

Embracing the transforming power of the Gospel, Wordnet Productions communicates the Word of God To all people through the media In the spirit of the Society of the Divine Word

Fr. Mike is also the Pastor of St. Anthony Catholic Community in San Bernardino, California.

For further information, contact the
Wordnet Office,
532 North D Street
San Bernardino, CA 92401
Tel: 909-383-4333
Fax: 909-383-4347

Internet: or

Bro. Stephen Pardy, SVD, is a native of Madison, SD and joined the Divine Word Missionaries at Techny in 1956. He spent most of his life overseas, principally in Papa New Guinea, but was also missioned to Rome, England and Australia. He received his BA in Accounting from Loras College in Dubuque, and spent most of his life in administration being appointed Provincial Treasurer in four different countries. Brother Steve was on the Board of Word Publishing in Papua New Guinea for ten years and that stint has been helpful in his present post as Director of Development for Wordnet Productions in California. Bro. Steve sees TV and other Media as powerful tools for the dissemination of the Gospel. These tools provide an exciting opportunity for the apostles of tomorrow to carry on the work of St. Arnold Jansen; "and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations." Matt 24:14