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The Rev. Manalis elevated to monsignor

November 01, 1999

Just a few weeks after getting a new job, Father Ed Manalis has acquired a new title - monsignor.

"It's an honorary title, given in recognition of the type of work and quality of work one does," Manalis said.

The elevation came as a surprise to Manalis and five other priests who were summoned to the Catholic Center in Baltimore Oct. 8 by Cardinal William Keeler on the pretext of a meeting.

"The cardinal suddenly stood up with several large parchments in his hands and came around to each of us," Manalis said. "He called us monsignor and handed us a parchment."

The pastor of St. Ann's Catholic Church for the past eight years, Manalis is working with two other Western Maryland priests to meet the pastoral needs of the 46 parishes in the western vicariate after the death of Bishop Francis Murphy.

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While continuing his work as parish priest, Manalis is now overseer of 20 parishes.

A formal investiture service for the new monsignors will be held in Baltimore on Dec. 12 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

St. Ann's is planning a parish ceremony on Jan. 9.

Manalis said it will be hard to beat the response he got from his sister when he told her of his new title while they were at a restaurant in Baltimore's Little Italy.

"She began crying so hard I was afraid of what people might be thinking," Manalis said with a chuckle.

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