On the 9th of April, 1917 Thomas was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto. During his life as a Priest he served the following parishes:
- 1917 St. Catharine of Alexandria Cathedral, St. Catharines, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
- 1918 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Thorold, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
- 1919 St. Ann's, Toronto, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
- 1928 St. Joan of Arc, Toronto, Ontario (Pastor)
- 1936 St. Brigid's, Toronto, Ontario (Pastor)
St. Brigid's RC Parish, Toronto, Ontario
In February of 1946 he was honored with the designation of Monsignor and became the Right Reverend Thomas J. Manley, D.P. (Domestic Prelate). This is an honor that requires nomination by the Archbishop and is conferred by the Pope for outstanding service to the church and community.
Following is a list of other appointments in his service to the church in addition to his duties as Parish Priest:
- 1921-1928 Chancellor and Secretary to Archbishop Neil McNeil, Toronto
- 1925 Chaplain, Camp Borden
- 1935 Pro-Synodal Judge, Toronto Diocesan Tribunal
- 1936 Toronto Diocesan Director, Holy Name Society
- 1939 Pro-Synodal Judge, Toronto Diocesan Tribunal
- 1942 Toronto Diocesan Consultor
- 1946 Feb 15 Papal Honors; DP
- 1946 Toronto Diocesan Consultor
News, The Toronto Star, Sep 3, 1936:
APPOINT FR. MANLEY HOLY NAME DIRECTORNews, The Toronto Star, Mar 21, 1947:
Rev. Thomas Manley, pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish and former chancellor of the archdiocese, has been named the diocesan director of the Holy Name society for a three-year period beginning Sept. 1, 1936. Father Manley succeeds Rev. J. L. Hand who was for long years the diocesan director. Directors have also been appointed for the deaneries of St. Catharines and Barrie. Rev. Augustine Mogan pastor of St. Mary's church, Welland has been appointed the director of the deanery of St. Catharines, and Rev. J. McDonagh, pastor of Stayner, has been appointed director of the Holy Name society for the deanery of Barrie.
MSGR. MANLEY DEAD WAS POPULAR PRIESTNews, The Toronto Star, Mar 22, 1947:
Rt. Rev. T.J. Manley, pastor of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church, and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society, died in Florida last night, according to word received here today. Msgr. Manley had been in Florida since Feb. 9. He had suffered a heart attack in November and had spent 11 weeks in hospital. He then went south.
CARDINAL WILL SING MSGR. MANLEY MASSFuneral, The Toronto Star, Mar 26, 1947:
His Eminence Cardinal McGuigan will celebrate solemn requiem high mass at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church Wednesday morning, when funeral services will be held for Rt. Rev. T.J. Manley, pastor of St. Brigid's and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society, who died in Florida Thursday night. Interment will take place in the priest's plot, St. Augustine's seminary.
CARDINAL PRESIDES AT MANLEY FUNERAL
Practically every diocese in Ontario was represented at the funeral today of Mons. T.J. Manley, 57, pastor of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society. James C. Cardinal McGuigan presided at the chanting of the solemn requiem mass in the late pastor's parish church where the body had been lying in state for a day. The church was filled and besides the large representation of clergy there were civic dignitaries and laymen from many parts of Canada and the U.S. Mons. Manley died in Florida last Thursday, having gone there in February for his health. He was born in Thorold. All immediate members of his family had predeceased him. Assisting Cardinal McGuigan at the funeral were the deacons of honor, Rt. Rev. M. Cullinane and Rt. Rev. J. O'Connor; deacons of the mass, Rev. Austin Marshman and Rev. C. Sullivan. Rev. G. Quinlan was master of ceremonies, assisted by Rev. C. Schwalm. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. A. Clancy of Thorold and in the sanctuary was Most Rev. Benjamin Webster, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, and many monsignori. Pallbearers were; Rev. J. Crothers, Rev. L. Hickey, Rev. W. J. Kelly, Rev. T. McCabe, Rev. D. O'Connor and Rev. F.H. Gallagher. The remains were taken to the priest's cemetery at St. Augustine's seminary, Scarboro, for interment.