ARLINGTON, Texas – Not one, but two priests at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Arlington have tested positive for COVID-19.
On Sunday, church members recognized one of them who lost his battle with the virus.
An Arlington congregation mourned the loss of Father Alejandro Hernandez Garcia, who died Wednesday after being hospitalized in late January due to COVID-19.
The 48-year-old priest was ordained in Mexico and assigned to St. Matthew Catholic Church — which is part of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth — in 2016.
Yeni Hernandez, a church volunteer of 20 years, said she’s never been as close to a priest as she was to Father Hernandez, citing their Mexican backgrounds.
“He was hardworking,” she said. “He went to the house of the father.”
Looking back, she believes he treated COVID-19 seriously, and strictly enforced protective measures.
“And he said nobody here will be sick,” she recalled.
Father Hernandez, however, became ill, and he wasn’t alone.
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