Bishop John Manz death: Former auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago, died at 77

Bishop John Manz died. (Source: Facebook)
Bishop John Manz died. (Source: Facebook)


We learned of the demise of Most Reverend John Manz with heavy hearts. Bishop John Manz, a popular priest and former auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago, peacefully passed away. Keep reading to know more about Bishop John Manz and his cause of death in detail.


Who was Bishop John Manz?

Bishop Manz, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1971 and the episcopacy in 1996, devoted his life to serving God and the people. Numerous people within and outside of our Archdiocese had their lives affected by his steadfast dedication and relentless efforts.

On May 12, 2021, Bishop Manz, who lived at Good Shepherd Parish in Little Village, celebrated his fifty years as a priest and his twenty-four years as a bishop. He served as the auxiliary bishop of Vicariate IV, which covers parts of Chicago’s west and northwest sides as well as the city’s near-west suburbs.

As required by canon law, he has sent Pope Francis a letter of resignation at the age of 75, although he said he will carry on serving until it is accepted.

Manz remembered,

“My first parish [Providence of God] was in the Pilsen neighborhood, on 18th Street. It’s not there anymore. I was there for seven years,”

“Back then, it was a poor area. I became very fond of that parish. I got there when I was 25 years old. It was 1971, a time when people began to talk about the rights of Hispanics, of Chicanos. I remember having participated in marches and protests for their rights.”

Parishioners and leaders alike are fond of him for his efforts as an immigrant rights advocate. Others have been motivated by Bishop Manz’s vocation to consider their call to the priesthood.

Bishop Manz, also known as “Father Juan” by his parishioners, served as a priest at the Providence of God, St. Roman, and St. Agnes of Bohemia parishes. He was then consecrated as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 1996.

As chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee on Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees, and Travellers and as a member of the Diversity in the Church Committee and the Subcommittee on the Church in Latin America, he has fought for justice and dignity for his vulnerable brothers and sisters.

His duties required him to visit 15 states with a sizable Hispanic population, minister to, converse with, and listen to migrant workers. He also travelled to Latin American nations, notably Panama, where he stayed half a year, and paid workers visits in Kentucky and Alabama. He claimed that as the archdiocese works to establish more essential parishes, the Renew My Church initiative and the ensuing decrease in the number of parishes have been difficult but necessary.

Auxiliary Bishop John Manz, who on May 12 celebrated fifty years as a priest and twenty-five years as a bishop, submitted his resignation to Pope Francis, the Vatican stated on July 1.

Before receiving his priestly ordination, Bishop Manz started assisting immigrant and migrant communities. Bishop Manz assisted in shaping the next generation of priests, and Bishop Robert Casey, vicar general of the archdiocese, expressed gratitude.

How did Bishop John Manz die?

On July 14, the Most Reverend John Manz passed away. Bishop Manz, a former auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago, received his episcopal ordination in 1996 after being ordained to the priesthood in 1971.

The sad news of Bishop John Manz’s demise is shared by the (BCI) Black Catholic Initiative. At the time of his death, he was 77 years old.

“The BCI shares the sad news of the passing of Bishop John Manz, retired auxiliary bishop of Archdiocese of Chicago. Bishop Manz was ordained a bishop in 1996 and, though worked primarily with the Latino population, visited many of our black catholic parishes during his service as a bishop and confirmed many of our young people.

May God bring him into His heavenly rest and may He comfort those who mourn the passing of a kind man and gentle shepherd.”

In the upcoming days, specifics about his funeral plans will be released. Please join in praying for his soul’s peace at this time, as well as for his grieving loved ones.


Bishop John Manz cause of death

Bishop Manz was an ardent and devoted disciple of the Virgin Mary, and his devotion to her was apparent in every part of his life. Everyone were all inspired by his passion, humility, and faith as a leader in the community. Even though all miss him, they can find comfort in the knowledge that he is now with the Virgin Mary, praying for everyone from above. Bishop Manz cherished the Virgin Mary; may she lead and guard mankind as she did for him during his earthly journey.

The precise Bishop John Manz cause of death hasn’t been revealed, yet. As soon as we find out more information, we’ll update this story.


Tributes to Bishop John Manz

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.

Cooky Perez wrote: “My heart is so broken, I can’t believe you are gone. We were together having lunch not too long ago… you are now home in the loving arms of our Lord…It is not often you meet a great person, a priest, a bishop and most of all friend. Bishop John Manz a true servant of the people. He had a love for our young church, he stood for justice, peace and love. So much I want to say…You always taught that the walls of fear and indifference are broken down through simple conversations, listening, and relationships. When gathered around the holy table, with people of all races, religions, and cultures are beautiful children of God, a reminder of the amazing gift and diversity of the family. You truly walked the talk. Thank you Bishop Manz, for your love and friendship. May you rest in peace.”

Michael wrote: “Such hard hitting news. The Most Reverend Bishop John Manz passed away recently. I know the St. Agnes community remembers him so well. He was the celebrant for my First Communion, Confirmation and Marriage. I know many of you had the same level of experience with this awesome servant of God. May he rest in peace.”

Praise the life of the deceased, and leave a benevolent word for him. Companions, Family, and Friends have spilled out their lament and sympathy to respect the passing ceaselessly of Bishop John Manz.


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