Assignment History– Msgr. Francis J. Manzo

Summary of Case: Francis J. Manzo was ordained for the Diocese of Brooklyn in 1962. He was an assistant priest in several parishes before joining the faculty of Cathedral Prep Seminary in 1967, where he was Dean of Students 1971-1980 . From there he pastored St. Catharine of Alexandria parish for twelve years, moving in 1992 to Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He had been elevated to Monsignor status in 1986.

Manzo was named in a lawsuit in 2002 as having "violently abused" an altar boy while assigned to St. Catharine's. The lawsuit claimed that Manzo was reassigned in 1992 after being accused. The Official Catholic DIrectory shows Manzo to have been Absent on Leave 1994-2002, after which he is no longer indexed. A September 2016 parish bulletin indicates that Manzo was still a Brooklyn priest.

Ordained: 1962


Start Stop Assignments Town/Allegations State Position Notes


Diocese of Brooklyn

Bishop was Bryan Joseph McEntegart (1957-1968).

1965 Our Lady of the Cenacle Richmond Hill NY 5/5

Our Lady of the Cenacle had a school with 515-503 boys and 475-424 girls.


1965 1967 St. Anthony of Padua Greenpoint NY 5/5 In residence. St. Anthony's had a school with 951 students.


McEntegart was succeeded as Brooklyn bishop by Francis John Mugavero (1968-1990).

1980 Cathedral Preparatory Seminary of the Immaculate Conception Brooklyn NY Dean of Students 1971-1980  


Thomas Vose Daily replaced Mugavero as Brooklyn bishop (1990-2003).

1992 St. Catharine of Alexandria


Manzo was accused in a 2002 lawsuit of having violently abused an altar boy while assigned to St. Catharine's. The lawsuit claimed that Manzo was transferred to Nativity of the BVM in Queens after he was accused.


1/7, 1/6, 1/8, 1/5, 1/4

Elevated to Monsignor 1986.

St. Catharine's had a school with 642-494 students, and a CCD program with 350-550 students.
1992 1994 Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Brooklyn (Queens) NY 1/5 Nativity of the BVM had a school with 336-355 students, and a CCD program with 550-400 students.
1994 2002 Absent on Leave       Manzo is not indexed in the Official Catholic Directory after 2002.


Daily was followed as Brooklyn bishop by Nicholas Anthony DiMarzio (2003- ).

2017         Marzo apparently remained a priest of the diocese in September 2016, per a parish bulletin which includes him on a list of priests for whom prayers were requested.

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, 1963-2002).

Twelve Priests, One Brother Named in Lawsuit, Newsday, October 16, 2002
Diocese Sued for $300 Million; Sex Abuse Alleged in Queens, By Kathleen Louis, Queens Chronicle, October 17, 2002
The Accused, USA Today, November 11, 2002
Resurrection Roman Catholic Church Bulletin, p.3, September 11, 2013

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This assignment record was last updated on October 23, 2017.


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