Mark Beard dies in a car accident, tributes pour to priest of St. Helena Catholic Church, Amite

Father Mark Beard, a beloved priest of St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Louisiana, tragically passed away in a single-car accident on August 2. The accident occurred on I-55, near the Mississippi-Louisiana state line, when his car veered off the road and flipped over after hitting a concrete culvert.

Father Beard, a Baton Rouge native, had served as the pastor of St. Helena Catholic Church for 13 years. He was deeply loved and respected in the Amite community, where he had made a significant impact through his compassionate and caring nature towards his parishioners.

In the wake of his passing, the St. Helena Catholic Church held a Rosary to remember and honor Father Beard. The Amite community took to social media to express their grief and share fond memories of the pastor. Many people recounted the profound influence he had on their lives and the parish as a whole.

A touching tribute from a Facebook user, Madeline Lanier, expressed gratitude for Father Beard’s teachings and his impact on their lives. Others, like Brant Pitre, a former student of Father Beard, were shocked and heartbroken by the news.

Several others also paid their respects on Twitter. The posts read:

Our beloved priest at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Father Mark Beard, was killed in a car accident today. He saved many souls and brought them closer to God during his 13 years with us. A huge, huge loss to our community. Please pray for the repose of his soul.

— Katie Corkern (@KatieCorkern) August 2, 2023

During the COVID times, when many were attending church services online, Father Beard’s online sermons left a lasting impression on some, showing the extent of his influence even beyond the local community.

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The St. Helena Catholic Church conveyed their deep sadness over the loss of their beloved friend and priest, Father Mark Beard, on their Facebook page. He will be fondly remembered by those who knew and loved him.

Father Beard’s journey to priesthood began after a vacation in Medjugorje, and he went on to become a cherished figure in the lives of many, leaving behind a lasting legacy of love and compassion.

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