Fr. William Stang, 40th Anniversary
Fr. Stang, a native of Rensselaer, Ind., entered the Society in 1964 and was ordained on March 26, 1977. A medical doctor, Fr. Stang has been involved in education ministry and as a chaplain with the Indiana Army National Guard and United States Army.
The Missionaries of the Precious Blood are pleased to announce the 40th anniversary of the ordination of Fr. William Stang, C.PP.S.
Fr. Stang, 67, a native of Rensselaer, Ind., entered the Society in 1964 and was ordained on March 26, 1977. A medical doctor, Fr. Stang has been involved in education ministry and as a chaplain with the Indiana Army National Guard and United States Army.
After his ordination, Fr. Stang served as an assistant pastor at Our Lady, Gate of Heaven Church in Chicago while studying microbiology at Roosevelt University.
He continued his studies after his appointment to Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., as a biology instructor in 1977. In 1987, he graduated with his medical degree from Indiana University.
Also in 1986, Fr. Stang enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard as a Medical Officer and then transferred to the Chaplaincy in 1987. His service included a six-month tour of duty in Kosovo in 2001, a 15 month tour in Bosnia in 2004-5 and two months in Iraq in 2008.
His primary ministry, though, was as a faculty member and mentor to the students of Saint Joseph’s, where he was a member of the faculty for 40 years. He also served on the college’s board of trustees and was religious advisor to the college president.
Fr. Stang’s anniversary, along with the milestone anniversaries of 11 other Missionaries of the Precious Blood of the Cincinnati Province, signifying hundreds of years of ministerial service to God’s people, will be celebrated in a special liturgy on June 30, the vigil of the Feast of the Precious Blood, at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.
“We look to these priests and brothers who are celebrating their anniversaries this year as examples of those who have faithfully listened to God's call,” said Fr. Larry Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S., provincial director. “They have said ‘yes’ to that call, and that in turn has led them to minister to the people of God in many ways, in many places. Their lives of service inspire us all.”