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Deacon Manuel “Manny” Vilaboy

Deacon Manuel “Manny” Vilaboy, a deacon of the Archdiocese, died on March 3, 2024 at the age of 95. Deacon Manny was ordained by Archbishop Joseph Bernadin for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati on September 26, 1976. He was among the thirty-nine men ordained in the first permanent deacon ordination in the Archdiocese. He served the Archdiocese as a permanent deacon for forty-seven years.

Upon his ordination, Deacon Manny was assigned to St. Bartholomew Parish, Cincinnati. In 1983, he was assigned to minister to the Spanish-speaking community at Holy Angels Parish in Cincinnati. He was appointed Moderator of the Hispanic Catholic Community in the Cincinnati area in 1988 by Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. Deacon Manny was also dedicated to the Catholic Cursillo Movement of Cincinnati, serving as its Spiritual Director for many years until 2005.

Deacon Manny was married to his wife, Eileen, for 36 years before her death in April, 2020. They were the proud parents of eight children and fifteen grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at Saint Mary Magdalene Church in Gilbert, Arizona, where he has been living with family for many years.  The memorial service will be on Monday, March 11th. Burial will take place at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Gilbert.

You may read his full obituary here.

Please keep the repose of the soul of Deacon Manuel Vilaboy in your prayers, as well as peace and consolation for his entire family.



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