Manhattan College Honors Local Priest
The Rev. John F. Cullinane ’51, former chaplain for Manhattan College athletics and a resident of Rockaway Beach, was inducted into the Manhattan College Athletic Hall of Fame at its 33rd annual ceremony on Saturday, November 12. Seven other inductees and the 1986 women’s cross country team were also honored at the event, which is sponsored by the Manhattan College Alumni Society.
Known fondly by players and coaches as Father Jack, Cullinane has been a lifelong supporter of Jasper athletics — from his childhood, to his time as a business student, to his tenure as the men’s basketball chaplain in the 1960s. Cullinane, a priest with the Brooklyn Archdiocese, served as confidant to nine men’s basketball coaches and hundreds of players throughout the years.
Considered the chaplain for all Jasper athletics, he was especially active with the track and field teams and the Spiked Shoe Club. Cullinane often celebrated special Masses at the college and prayed with teams before games.
A Brooklyn priest since his ordination in 1956, Cullinane is currently semiretired while doing parish work at St. Genevieve’s Church in Roxbury. He still travels to Riverdale to support the Jaspers.