The Rev. Joseph L. McManus, the retired pastor of a Loch Raven Village Roman Catholic church and a Towson University chaplain, died of heart disease Saturday at Stella Maris Hospice. He was 76.
Born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington, he attended the Shrine of the Sacred Heart Parochial School and was a 1948 Loyola High School graduate.
Father McManus, who attended Loyola College and received his religious education at St. Mary's Seminary, was ordained in 1956.
He became an associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Towson and remained there until 1977, when he was named chaplain at the Towson University Newman House. He was later director of campus ministry and subsequently served at St. Clare's Church in Essex.
He was pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in Loch Raven Village from 1982 to 1999, when he retired.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd.
Survivors include his two brothers, John V. McManus of Newark, Del., and Jerome S. McManus of Timonium; and three sisters, Frances O'Neill of Owings Mills, Mary Jane McManus of Timonium and Marjorie Vincent of Frederick; and nieces and nephews.