An EF1 tornado that blew through Mineral Wells May 19 ripped the bell tower off the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes Church but spared the bell that calls parishioners to worship. “I thought that was an amazing miracle in itself,” said church member Dorothy Ortiz. “The bell tower was destroyed, but the bell is still standing!”
Holding the hand of an elderly patient at Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon in the far western reaches of the diocese gave 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 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.