Pope Francis ,approved the ordination of a Catholic priest on his hospital bed.
Seminarian Michael Los from the Community of Orionine Fathers, who has been diagnosed with cancer, was ordained today as a deacon and a priest of the Catholic Church. Pope Francis granted all necessary permissions and dispensations for Michael to be ordained as a deacon and a priest in the same ceremony, which took place in Michael’s hospital room.
Reports say as William Carmona lay gravely ill in a San Antonio hospital bed, he repeatedly questioned his classmates from nearby Assumption Seminary: “Where is Bishop Choby?” “When will he get here?” And finally: “How many more hours until he ordains me?”
Carmona, a fourth-year theology seminarian who was entering his final year of preparation for ordination as a transitional deacon this fall and as a priest of the Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, next summer, was dying of cancer.
When Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville learned of his grave condition after Carmona was rushed to the Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center the first week of September, he made plans to travel to San Antonio to ordain the seminarian immediately because of the emergency circumstances.
“The joy and satisfaction in administering the sacrament of holy orders is a high point in the life of any bishop, but to have the opportunity to celebrate the sacrament for one who is so much looking forward to ordination but faces the certainty of death made it the more poignant,” Bishop Choby said.
He left for San Antonio the evening of Sept. 7 and ordained the seminarian Sept. 8. On Sept. 9, Father Carmona was moved to hospice care.
“The priesthood, by its very nature, is multifaceted because it is God’s gift to respond to the needs of the human person,” said Bishop Choby.
At the ordination Mass, he was joined by several Nashville priests and deacons, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio and Father Jeff Pehl, rector of Assumption Seminary, and priests on the seminary faculty, who concelebrated the Mass.