Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fr.William Carmona Lopez: A Priest Forever

Seriously ill seminarian ordained a deacon and priest at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Northwest.

William Carmona Lopez was ordained a deacon and priest by the Most Reverend David R. Choby, DD, JCL, Bishop of Nashville on Monday, September 8, 2014 at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Northwest. This was an extraordinary moment of Grace for all present as Father Carmona continued to struggle with his serious illness and was ordained as he laid in his hospital bed surrounded by priests, seminarians, and many friends.

Father Carmona was attended Assumption Seminary and was ordained for his Diocese of Nashville. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller and Very Rev. Jeff Pehl concelebrated the Mass.

Father Carmona was born in Atioquia, Colombia on January 11, 1963. He has six brothers and six sisters. In his autobiography he writes that he received his calling to discern the priesthood when he was twelve. He continues; "I was an altar server at my parish and I was inspired by the pastor of my parish who was a great example of service to God's people...My father was a great influence on me because he was a dedicated man of prayer."

Catholic Television of San Antonio is grateful for the opportunity to share Father Carmon's ordination with you.

...Yesterday was a beautiful moment of grace as William Carmona was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Choby of Nashville in Christus Santa Rosa Hospital in San Antonio, in the presence of the archbishop of San Antonio, many priests and seminarians, and a surprisingly large congregation. So many things and people had to work together to bring this ordination about. The hospital, in particular, deserves credit for extraordinary efforts to accommodate the ordination and keep Fr. William comfortable. And credit goes to Deacon Jim McKenzie on many fronts. In an amazingly dignified ceremony, given the circumstances, these rites were carried out. Fr. William immediately following the ceremony returned to the ICU where he seemed to take another step in the decline in his health. Thank you for your prayers.

I call William, "my father," because that is how he would always greet me in his enthusiasm. Father, my Father, William, may God speed you on your way!

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