Photo of the authorI currently serve on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology at Seton Hall University and as the Chair of the Pastoral Theology Department. I began my teaching career as a high school religion teacher through the Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a service-through-teaching program run out of the University of Notre Dame where I completed my bachelor’s degree. After my time as a high school teacher, returned to Notre Dame to study theology at the graduate level and then moved on to Boston College for my doctoral work in theology and education. I miss Boston terribly, but have grown to love many things about my new home in New Jersey. (Who knew?) I have the great privilege of training future priests and lay pastoral leaders at the Seminary School of Theology, offering courses including “Introduction to Pastoral Ministry,” “Evangelization and Sanctification,” “Teaching, Catechetics, and Apologetics,” “Christian Anthropology,” and “Christianity and Human Happiness.” I also enjoying teaching first-year students in Seton Hall’s Core courses. My current research and praxis focus on religious education, holistic faith formation, contemplative pedagogy, evangelization, and the interfacing of faith and culture. Some other interests include theological anthropology, spirituality, and the thought of Bernard Lonergan. Most simply put, my work focuses on making sense of human beings and how we can live life more abundantly together. A list of recent publications can be found here. On a personal note, I most frequently catch a glimpse of the inbreaking of God’s reign when sharing good food and wine with friends, acting goofy with my wife and two kids, and coasting downhill on my bike.


You can contact me regarding public speaking engagements, workshops, and consultations or just to start a conversation at manninpa@shu.edu.


Possible presentation/workshop topics include:

  • catechist/teacher training
  • parish staff training
  • evangelization
  • happiness and the Christian life
  • dealing with suffering
  • prayer and spirituality
  • family spirituality
  • lifegiving Christian practices
  • reflections on Scripture
  • the parables of Jesus
  • many others (just ask!)