Riley Manning


Hello! I'm Riley Manning, Religion editor here at the Journal. I graduated from Millsaps in 2011 with a degree in English and a bad habit of correcting other people's grammar. My favorite places to be are on the beach with a book or in a hay field at sun down.

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By Riley Manning Daily Journal The recognition of saints is one of the hallmarks of the Catholic faith, but it wasn’t a formal process carried out by the Vatican until the 18th century. “Until then it was much more local. A town could just decide someone was a saint,” said Sheila Przesmicki, pastoral minister of […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Tupelo students enjoyed an interactive afternoon of music on Friday, courtesy of the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra. Each year, the orchestra partners with the Carnegie Hall Weill Music Institute to explore the world of music with hands-on curriculum. “We’ve been preparing for this since December,” said Milam orchestra […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Kindergarten through sixth-grade students of the Tupelo Public School District enjoyed the limelight at the GumTree Museum of Art on Tuesday afternoon with their artwork on display. Thomas Street Elementary School students Alessandra Yong and Gracie Hopkins had painted pictures of animals, a turtle and a fish, though […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Pontotoc eighth-graders Evan McCutchen and Cameron Haley are proving themselves as the cream of the crop not only in their school, but also on a national scale. The pair will depart on Friday for Chicago, to represent their area in the second and final round of the MathCON […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal PONTOTOC – A Pontotoc school teacher and minister is looking to make a dent in his town’s food insecurity. Murray Collum, who teaches fifth-grade English and social studies at Pontotoc Middle School, said his Feed Pontotoc food drive started because of the children he sees every day in school. “I’ve […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The little white church of Elvis’ childhood will get a breath of new life this year, as a strong Assembly of God congregation in Southaven makes plans to form a church plant in Tupelo. The effort will revitalize what is currently East Heights Assembly of God Church on Briar Ridge […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal Perhaps the greatest irony of scripture is the fact that when the Old Testament prophets spoke, their predictions, which may seem obvious from a post-resurrection perspective, flew far over their listeners’ heads. How could they have known what it would come to mean? What could they say but “the Lord […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – Luis Beristain was aware of what playing Jesus would require, as he donned the crown of thorns for St. James Catholic Church’s annual Stations of the Cross service. But the first lash still surprised him. “You know what’s coming, and it wasn’t hard or anything, but it caught […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal TUPELO – English students at Itawamba Community College’s Tupelo campus came face-to-face with the author of their required texts for the semester, as local author Merle Temple spoke to them about his debut novel, “A Ghostly Shade of Pale,” Wednesday afternoon. “It’s the best read I’ve had in a while,” […]

By Riley Manning Daily Journal The discussion over the Trinity is one of the oldest in the faith, equally steeped in theology and church history. In many ways it is a question of Christ’s personhood, his humanity, and in others, an idea of God’s true nature, as well as the way Christians are meant to […]