Sainte-Anne de Beaumont Church celebrates its new priest
Father Stephen McCrate takes over as pastor after the death in August of Bishop Bill Manger.
BEAUMONT, Texas – Members of St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Beaumont celebrated the installation of a new pastor following the death of a loved one.
Bishop David L. Toups presented the key to Father Stephen McCrate on Sunday, October 3, installing him as pastor. McCrate takes over as pastor after the death in August of Bishop Bill Manger. Father Michael Jamail was the provisional administrator during Manger’s illness and after his death.
Sunday mass also marked the return of the children’s gathering.
Clergy and parish leaders greeted Father McCrate during mass, and after that, a reception was held for the entire parish community.
Friday October 1 was McCrate’s first day as pastor.
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Monsignor Bill Manger, former parish priest of Sainte-Anne in Beaumont, died on Monday August 2, 2021 at the age of 87. Hundreds of people gathered for a special Mass for Manger the next day at St. Anne’s Church.
Manger was parish priest of Sainte-Anne until his death.
Manger has received numerous awards for his service throughout his 59 years as a priest. One of his proudest accomplishments was co-founding the Southeast Texas Hospice in Orange in 1976.
“One and a half million people a year would not have hospices today without it. There were only 20 hospices in America when we started, and there are now over 6,000,” he said. said Mary McKenna, executive director of Southeast Texas Hospice.
Parishioners said he was the kind of pastor who always made himself available, and Manger’s good friend, Monsignor Michael Jamail, seemed to say it best.
“This man is a saint,” Jamail said. “If God looks like Bill Manger, you’ll be fine.”