With faith in eternal life I announce the death of Monsignor James E. Mancini. He passed away in northwest Arkansas after a lengthy illness at the age of 78.
Msgr. Mancini was born in North Little Rock on New Year’s Eve 1940. He attended St. Patrick’s School and Our Lady of Good Counsel school before entering St. John’s Home Mission Seminary in 1954, and was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Albert Fletcher on May 28, 1966 in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Little Rock.
His assignments included associate pastor of Immaculate Conception, Fort Smith, St. Joseph, Pine Bluff, and Our Lady of Good Counsel, Little Rock, before being named pastor of St. Anthony and St. Norbert in Weiner and Marked Tree. In 1982 he was named pastor of St. Barbara in DeQueen, and a year later assigned as pastor of Our Lady of Good Council, Little Rock. Subsequently, he became pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, Benton, St. Patrick and St. Anne, North Little Rock, St. Michael, Cherokee Village, and St. John the Baptist and the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Engelberg and Walnut Ridge. In 2002 he was named pastor of St. Joseph in Tontitown and St. John the Evangelist in Huntsville. His final assignment as pastor was at St. Bernard in Bella Vista. He was also assigned as the Spiritual Director of the RENEW program which had a great impact on the entire diocese. Msgr. Mancini was a dedicated priest, a man of deep spirituality, and was very active leader in the Charismatic Renewal.
A Vigil service will be prayed at St. Joseph Church, Tontitown, on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m., with a Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s on August 14, at 10 a.m. A second Vigil Service will be conducted at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Thursday, August 15, at 7 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at the Cathedral on Friday, August 16, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at “Priest’s Circle” in Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock.
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