Meet Chris

Welcome! I hope you’ll find respite here. May some Irish humor and divine grace leak out to you as you meet Chris Manion, who I was and who I am becoming.

I’m the oldest of six children raised in Pittsburgh, PA and a perennial student of all things that fascinate me. I took up the cello three years ago when I retired from my direct selling business. It’s my fourth instrument. Piano, guitar, and violin preceded it. I enjoy bringing Holy Communion to our parishioners who cannot get to Mass and playing guitar in the Memory Care Unit of our local Somerby Assisted Living facility.

I’ve been married to the love of my life for over forty years. He gives balance and amazing love through the grace of God to me and our two wonderful adult children and their families. We enjoy spoiling our grandchildren.

My faith sustains me and so far, I haven’t been able to write much other than reflections of this truth. Catholic liturgies with their rich signs, symbols and apostolic history provide me with a deep source of nourishment, mystery, and strength. I hope I can inspire and support you on your journey. Please share a comment and send a little ripple from your life.

Like Solomon, I prayed for the gift of wisdom (more on that in my memoir, God’s Patient Pursuit of My Soul ) and God seems to have granted that gift of wisdom at times.  Whatever gifts He’s given me, I wish to share them with you and look forward to learning from what you share with me. I write mostly to figure things out or share what I’ve learned. Words are my paint and clay, the cloth I weave, the song I sing.

My stories, poetry, and blog posts have been featured in Northwest Florida Daily News, Catechist Magazine, Pasticcio Quartzine, and Spirit & Life magazine. I hope to meet you on a book tour or book signing soon or simply on the page.  And I love to be invited to your Book Club when you discuss God’s Patient Pursuit!  Look for a study guide coming soon.



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