Diocese of Austin

Class: Pre-Theology I

Diocese: Austin

Hometown: Austin, TX

Home Parish: St. Mary’s Cathedral, Austin

MICHAEL PRESTON KEATHLEY

I had a sense that I wanted to enter into ministry even before I was Catholic.  As a Protestant, I was part of several different groups over my adolescent and college years and sensed a small voice calling me to ministry several times.  However, I could not answer the call because I had too many doubts about denominational differences.  A few years ago, I heard the call to come home to the Catholic Church, and with that call came the call to the priesthood.  I was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2018.  After a come-and-see to HTS in December 2019, I heard the Holy Spirit put in my heart very clearly that this was where He wanted me.  My answer: “Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Favorite Quote or Bible Verse

“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” – Luke 1:45

Fun Fact

I have lived in three dioceses in Texas, but I have only been Catholic in one.