Reverend Monsignor William Manger

January 29, 1934 - August 2, 2021

Reverend Monsignor William Manger, ordained June 2, 1962.


Funeral Liturgies for Reverend Monsignor William Manger, Jr.

Friday, August 6, 2021

12:00 Noon Reception of the body St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont

4:30 pm Rosary led by the Ladies of St. Anne

5:30 pm Wake Service

6:30 pm Mass for the Dead


Saturday, August 7, 2021

11:00 am Mass of Christian Burial, St. Anne Catholic Church

His Committal will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.



William Frederick Manger, Jr., was born in East Orange, New Jersey, on January 29, 1934, 87 years ago, to William Manger, Sr., and Lillian Marsh Manger, both of whom preceded him in death. He died August 2, 2021. Growing up in New Jersey, he became lifelong friends with a guy across the street, John Greco. This family with 12 children was a wonderful influence on Bill.

The Manger family with their two daughters moved to Houston in 1952 a year after Bill became a student at Rice Institute. During his time at Rice, Bill was editor of the yearbook, the Campanile. He graduated from there with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. While he was attending Rice, he heard a talk at the Rice Neuman Center given by Father Joseph Crosthwait who, after the talk, had a conversation with Bill. As Father Crosthwait was driving home, he made a U-turn. He went back to tell Bill that he needed to go to the seminary.

Bill took Father Crosthwait’s words to heart and entered St. Mary’s Seminary where he daily passed the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He prayed for Mary to tell him if he was not called to be a priest. He received his answer. On June 2, 1962, Bishop Wendelin J. Nold ordained him for the Diocese of Galveston-Houston. His greatest joy was celebrating Mass, doing pastoral work, and encouraging others in the service of God and church.

Msgr. Manger is survived by his two sisters and their families. His sister Edna Fraser and husband Deacon Ron Fraser, with children Mary, Anne, Kyrn, Susan, Ron Jr, Dennis, Bernadette, Christina and Patrick. His sister, Margaret Terrasson and children, Daniel, Brigitte, Colette and Edward. It was Dr. Edward Terrasson and his wife Dr. Jennifer Kwak who opened their home to Mgsr. Manger to spend his last days in Hospice.

The family is grateful to them and to all his many faithful friends especially John Greco, Bill’s New Jersey family, his St. Anne parish family, for all the school children he loved to celebrate Mass with, for the support and friendship of his fellow priests, especially Father Michael Jamail, Bishop Curtis Guillory and Bishop David Toups.

During his priesthood Msgr. Manger led a life of ministry and service.

“As long as I’ve thought about what I wanted to do with my life, it’s always involved service,” Msgr. Manger said in an interview in 2013. And in those six decades in between his ordination and his death, Msgr. Manger’s ministry was service – to the pre-born, to the dying, to the immigrant, to those looking to deepen their faith lives and more – especially those in the parishes he served and the schoolchildren.

When the Diocese began in 1966, young Father Manger was named the first diocesan director of Family Life. This was followed by his ministry to college students as the Diocesan Director of Newman Apostolate. But this beginning was only part of his service to Southeast Texas.

The mid-1970s saw service on a community-wide scale and highlighted Msgr. Manger’s belief in the sanctity of all human life.

In 1973 Msgr. Manger worked to help establish Birthright of Beaumont and was honored by them in 2003 for his ministry. In 1998 Msgr. Manger received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas Right to Life of Southeast Texas for his efforts to defend the sanctity of human life.

In the 1970s Msgr. Manger had heard about a different way of ministering to those who were dying – Hospice care. This was new to the United States and Father Manger thought it was important. He brought the idea here and was a co-founder of Southeast Texas Hospice in Orange in 1976. His work in this ministry was recognized nationally — he was elected to serve on the board of directors of the National Hospice Organization in 1978 and in 1989 received its Founder’s Award.

Additionally, Msgr. Manger had the opportunity to help people have better lives in a different way – working as Resettlement Director. As such he helped more than 1,000 Vietnamese in Southeast Texas in about a year’s time in the mid-1970s. Although there were many resettlement programs across the country, the Diocese of Beaumont’s was one of the most successful.

Conversations with Msgr. Manger often led to inspiration, action and service. At a pastoral council meeting at St. Anne, Msgr. Manger asked them how they thought they could serve the poor. The response became the St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians who, with help from St. Anne, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica and Cristo Rey parishes, host a yearly free health fair.

A conversation at a conference between Msgr. Manger and a priest he met named Father George Kalappura, CMI, led to the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate ministering in the Diocese of Beaumont for 25 years now at parishes and in the Nursing Home Ministry.

Msgr. Manger’s ministry of inspiration and service also brought ACTS retreats to Southeast Texas. Beginning at St. Anne Parish, ACTS has spread throughout the diocese and has transformed hundreds, maybe thousands, of lives.

Also transforming lives is the work of The Giving Field, which Msgr. Manger helped to establish. The Giving Field provides an opportunity for outdoor education for students, especially those at St. Anne School, and provides fresh fruits and vegetables for Some Other Place in Beaumont and the Hospitality Center in Port Arthur. Msgr. Manger received the 2012 Msgr. Richard DeStefano Faithful Steward award for his ministry and his help in establishing The Giving Field.

Msgr. Manger also worked to transform lives through his interfaith and ecumenical ministry. Yearly he and several other pastors came together for an Ecumenical Lenten Series where they not only ministered to their congregations, they ministered to each other and became friends.

He loved his ministry and service to his parishioners and the children at the schools. One of his greatest joys every year was being able to celebrate his birthday with the schoolchildren during Catholic Schools Week. His ministry to his parishioners will be remembered whether it was through the sacraments or through his conversations, he was present to those in his parishes.

After ordination Father Manger’s first assign­ment was to Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. Following this he served a number of parishes as an as­sistant including Holy Name, Houston; St. Mary, Orange; St. James, Port Arthur; and Our Lady of the Assumption, Beaumont. Southeast Texas is fortunate that Father Manger was ministering at Our Lady of As­sumption in September 1966 when the Beaumont Diocese was established and became a member of the clergy serving the new diocese. He also helped out at Immaculate Conception, Groves, and St. Anthony Cathedral, Beaumont, while their priests were out for medical reasons.

His first pastorate was St. Mary, Orange, in 1978 where he served until 1990 when he was assigned as pastor of St. Anne where he served until his death.

Msgr. Manger has also been assigned to the Catholic Stu­dent Center at Stephen F. Aus­tin, Nacogdoches, as teacher at Bishop Byrne High School, director of the Newman Apostolate, direc­tor of Family Life Ministry, an advocate in the Tribunal office, and on the Priest Retirement Committee and Presbyteral Council. He was also appointed liaison for the Charismatic Renewal in 1981.

He was named consultor in July 2000 and named a prelate of honor by Pope Benedict XVI in September 2009. He served as chairman of the Diocesan Pastoral Council and on the Diocesan Team for Renew. He also served as episcopal vicar for the Eastern Vicariate and the Central Vicariate.

Reverend Monsignor William Manger’s life story can be viewed at the link below:


Memorial contributions are suggested to;

St. Anne Catholic School

375 North 11th Street, Beaumont, Texas 77702


St. Anne Catholic Church

2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77702



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Comments (1)

    Becky & Rodney Ames says:

    Fr. Will be missed by those that had the opportunity to know him. Really a great role model and gave so much to our community.

    Thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

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karen serenbetz

such a wonderful person I enjoyed being at every mass he had a kind heart and was a funny person I will miss him

Justin Farinella/Pam Farinella

Father Manger was such an inspiration to us and to all in his ministry. He will be greatly missed at St Anne’s. He portrayed the love of God so beautifully in all that he did. May his soul rest in God’s Eternal Peace.

Andy D'Entremont

May you rest in the arms of the angels Fr. Manger. Thank you for the kindness and friendship that you have shown to me and my family over the many years. Rest in peace. Andy, Joi, Ross, and Chris D'Entremont

Barbara & Tim Leicht

Such a great loss, Fr Manger"s Love and Devotion poured over to many!. He was a fantastic Person, Priest, Pastor and Leader/Teacher and this loss will be to The Catholic Community as well as to all denominations. He was one of a kind and will l be missed daily. May His Soul, and all the Souls, Of The Faithfully Departed, REST-IN-PEACE, Amen.

George/Emily Cabalagnan

Rest in Peace Fr Manger. ⚘ We are so gratefiul for all that you did.. We will miss you.

Rick and Fran Ewing

Father will be missed by all who knew him. He was special to our family and always kind, helpful, and loving . Rest In Peace !

mike cacioppo

one of the kindest people you will ever meet. i remember him for his sense of humor. i loved how he would laugh at his own jokes. prayers mike cacioppo

Roland and Nancy Champagne

Father brought us into the church through RCIA the year of Hurricane Rita. He and Sister Maria were true embodiments of the Living Word of Christ, and I know Sister Maria was one of many to welcome him home. God rest his soul. All of us parishioners were blessed to have known him.

Cheryl Wisenbaker

Kind, loving, caring, gentle, the softest blue eyes that melted when he sensed our pain. He was a wonderful listener, a simple, yet insightful counselor. Humble.. Joyful…. stern when necessary, but not for long. A great sense of humor, stunningly appreciative and smart as a whip. All knowing… unassuming and non judgemental. As close to Jesus as I will ever know. A Saint on earth. My life has been richly blessed and is exponentially more bountiful by the prayers, words, guidance and blessings of our beloved Father Manger. He blessed my marriage, Celebrated my confirmation, blessed my Godson, forgave my sins, guided my conversion, buried my beloved stepfather…. Blessed my Mother with reconciliation and last Rites, and the sacrament of burial 78 days after “Red”. left us. He just knew. He filled the hole in my heart with love, presence, prayer. And service. He led the church through the ravages of the pandemic, and smiled when we all “filled the church”. He was happy. He was at peace…. He was loved. May eternal rest be granted unto thee. God bless you til we meet again, Celebrating his heavenly reward with his beloved family and parishioners. In loving memory always, Cheryl

Nancy Fontenot

Fr. Manger was such a kind and gentle man, He will be missed by many. May he RIP

Sandy & Joseph F. Fertitta

I was honored and blessed to have served on the Msgr. Kelly High school board with Msgr. Manger. He was a very kind, compassionate and holy man who will be missed by many. May he rest in peace. Sandy and Joseph Fertitta

Farrell & Debbie Smith

A true servant of God. Our community will always feel the loss of this man and his service.

Diane Cusack

Father Manger You have known me and I have known you since the day I was born in 1960. God has called you to heaven. Your good work will continue always.

Ato and Cecille Lu

Thank you Father Manger for your love and generosity. . Heaven has gained another angel. I will miss your big smiles and your beautiful voice

Anita savino Fournier

He will be missed! A wonderful man, pastor, and an asset to the St. Anne and Beaumont Community.


Fr. Manger was a teacher at St. James elemtary school in Port Arthur. He was always gentle and kind. A true angel. I will never forget him.

Sherry Hannah

I going to miss Father Manger he was my friend I would talk to him about my problems and he would help…. goodbye Father Manger I love you

Donna Fernandez-Abshere

Father Manger was a true blessing to me and my family. Father Manger was a part of everything important in my life. Father was there every step of the way. Father baptized me, celebrated my confirmation, heard my First Confession, and many more to come, and presented my First Eucharist. Father married me, counseled me, baptized my twins, heard their First Confessions, presented their First Eucharist, Blessed my Mother with reconciliation, her last Rites and the sacrament of burial. Father Manger was a remarkable listener and knew exactly what to say. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life to the fullest. Father Manger was truly an Angel sent from heaven above. I will never forget his words of encouragement and guidance he gave me over the years. May God Bless you and may you have eternal rest…until we meet again.

Bailey Braneff

Father Manger was the priest that issued my baptism and first communion. I later served alongside him during my time at St. Anne’s and always enjoyed his homilies. He will be deeply missed by my family and the community.