Priest and parish worker still recovering from stabbing

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX -- The priest and the parish worker who were stabbed on April 15 are still recovering from their wounds.

Police said a man who had been asking for his baptismal records attacked 66-year-old parish worker Annie Conway with a butcher knife. When 50-year-old priest Tim Conlon came to help her, the man began stabbing him as well.

With her wounds still healing, Conway has returned to work at Sacred Heart Parish in South Phoenix. She was stabbed in the stomach and all the way through her arm.

Father Conlon is still recovering from more severe injuries. He was stabbed in the knee and back, and had to undergo knee surgery.

"He lived what he preached -- you lay down your life for your brother or your sister," Conway said, "and he actually did."

Witnesses nearby chased the suspect, 50-year-old Carlos Miguel Manriquez, and held him until police arrived. He currently faces two counts of aggravated assault.