The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, R.C.

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Manuel H Quintana

Deacon Manuel H. Quintana

In 2011, Deacon Manuel came to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph’s from the Oratory Church of St. Boniface where he had taught the School of Discipleship’s 7th and 8th graders and served as trustee, parish pastoral council member, and adult faith formation committee co-chair. He organized St. Boniface’s Year Devoted to Prayer and its Year Devoted to Living Faith. Manuel also served on the Diocesan Pastoral Council under Bishop DiMarzio and Bishop Daley.

As Social Action Committee chair, he prepared its 2001/2002 report titled, Catholics, Jews and Muslims: The Brooklyn Diocese, Leadership and Strengthening the Bridges between Peoples of Faith. He was the council’s president for 6 years. Manuel graduated from Stanford and NYU Law School. He worked for Kelley, Drye & Warren in Manhattan as a lawyer and for the NYC Housing Authority as general counsel. Former President Bush Senior nominated him to be a federal court judge in the Southern District of New York. After graduating from law school, Deacon Manuel moved to Seattle where he met his wife, Maud, and worked for the Puyallup Tribe of Indians. His office was in their cemetery’s lawnmower shed; at the time, nothing else remained of their reservation. His job was to begin recovering the land that had been taken from them. Deacon Manuel was a director of the NYC Economic Development Corporation and is on the Catholic Migration Service’s board.

In recent years, he has represented soccer players. Football fans may be interested to know Roberto Falcão, Carlos Gallo, Claude Makelele, Danilo and Mehdi Ballouchy, the 2006 MLS Number 2 SuperDraft pick, are among those he has helped. Manuel’s favorite color is orange. He doesn’t like lima beans. His favorite modern day saints are Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Blessed Charles de Foucauld and Dorothy Day, Servant of God. His favorite saints of all time are Santa Teresa de Avila, San Ysidro Labrador and San Juan de la Cruz. In 1997, Deacon Manuel and Maud moved from Brooklyn Heights to Park Slope where they now live. Their son, Teo, is finishing his Masters of Architecture in New Haven, and their daughter, Mariela, lives in Williamsburg and works in Manhattan. Maud works for the Brooklyn Public Library where she is in charge small business programs. As its past president, she helps the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society with their early childhood education centers in housing developments throughout the borough. In May 2013 Manuel was ordained a permanent deacon.

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