Assignment History– Rev. John Paul McManus, S.S.

Summary of Case: John P. McManus was ordained for the Society of St. Sulpice in 1940. He worked in the Archdioceses of Baltimore MD, Washington DC, San Francisco CA, Detroit MI, and Seattle WA. Most of his career was spent as a faculty member for seminaries, including almost 20 years at St. Edward's minor seminary in Kenmore WA. He died in 1986. McManus's name was included on the Archdiocese of Seattle's list January 15, 2016 of clergy and religious with admitted, established or credible allegations against them of sexual abuse of a minor.

: 1940
Died: June 21, 1986


Start Stop Assignments Town/Accusations State Position Notes


Archdiocese of Baltimore and Washington D.C.

Archbishop was Michael Joseph Curley (1921-1947).

1943 St. Mary Seminary Baltimore MD Philosophy Dept.




Archdiocese of San Francisco

Archbishop was John Joseph Mitty (1935-1961).

1945 St. Joseph College Mountain View CA   This was a preparatory seminary of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, conducted by the Fathers of the Company of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians).


Diocese/Archdiocese of Seattle (Archdiocese as of June 23, 1951)

Bishop was Gerald Shaughnessy, S.M. (1933-1950), followed by Archbishop Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1954 St. Edward Seminary Kenmore WA In residence. This was a major and preparatory seminary for the Provinces of Seattle and Portland in OR. -Sulpician Fathers, Society of St. Sulpice, with 158-243 students.


Archdiocese of Detroit

Archbishop was Edward Aloysius Mooney (1937-1958).

1958 St. John Provincial Seminary Plymouth MI   This was the theological seminary for the five dioceses of the Province of Detroit, Priests of the Society of St. Sulpice.


Archdiocese of Seattle

Archbishop was Thomas Arthur Connolly (1950-1975).

1968 St. Edward Seminary Kenmore WA   This was a minor seminary for the Provinces of Seattle and Portland in OR. -Sulpician Fathers, Society of St. Sulpice, with 237-171 students.


Archdiocese of Baltimore

Archbishop was Lawrence Joseph Sheehan (1961-1974).

1973 Sulpician Fathers' Residence Baltimore MD    


Archdiocese of Washington DC

Archbishop was William Wakefield Baum (1973-1980).

1978 Catholic University Washington DC Coordinator of Spiritual Program; Director of Basselin Students 1974-78  
1978 1979 The Schools of the University Washington DC  



Archdiocese of Seattle

Archbishop was Thomas Joseph Murphy (1991-1997).

1983 St. John Mary Vianney Kenmore WA 3/3 Residence was St. Thomas Seminary in Kenmore 1979-80; St. Thomas Center in Bothell 1980-83.
1983 1986 St. Thomas Center Bothell WA In residence.

This was a retreat house.

McManus died June 21, 1986.

Priests in a Parish: We use the following convention to show a priest's place among the clergy of a parish: 1/2 means that he is the first priest listed in the Official Catholic Directory (usually the pastor) and that there is a total of two priests at the parish. The shorthand 3/4 means that the priest is listed third on a four-priest roster. See our sample page from the Directory.

Source: Official Catholic Directory (Kenedy & Sons, 1941-1987).

List of Clergy and Religious Brothers and Sisters for Whom Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor have been Admitted, Established or Determined to be Credible, Archdiocese of Seattle, January 15, 201
Here Are All the Seattle Catholic Priests Who Have Been Accused of Sexually Assaulting Children, By Sydney Brownstone, The Stranger, January 15, 2016

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This assignment record was last updated on April 29, 2016.


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