They say the best gifts come in little boxes. For Mike McKinney, his ordination gift to Keith Hathaway was the box itself. The retired Air Force officer and woodworker was asked to create a vessel worthy of the antique chalice Debbie and Rob Hathaway purchased for their son, who was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Fort Worth along with Michael Greco and Ronald Mercado on May 23 in St. Patrick Cathedral.
Holding the hand of an elderly patient at Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon in the far western reaches of the diocese gave Father Ronaldo Mercado his first nudge toward the priesthood. The medical technologist’s warm, friendly smile and easy-going manner made him a favorite with the nursing staff and the people they treated.
When a college philosophy class prompted Father Michael Greco to start questioning the tenets of his faith, he found encouragement and answers in the writings of a popular author. C.S. Lewis, who penned The Chronicles of Narnia and other award-winning books, is considered one the great intellects of the 20th century.