By Rick Musacchio
Catholic News Service
[in the picture: Father Gervan Menezes and Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville, Tenn., talk with seminarian William Carmona in his intensive care room at Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center in San Antonio. (CNS/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register) ]
SAN ANTONIO (CNS) -- 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.