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.
Conversion stories — as told in the Bible — often involve an earthquake, flash of lightning, or some other element of nature. Father Keith Hathaway’s life changed the day he fell into a chilly, mountain stream while backpacking.