Gallup priest rehabs classic cars to send students to seminary
This 1972 Chevelle SS was restored by volunteers in Gallup last year and raffled to raise fund to help send students to seminary so they can serve communities in the Gallup diocese. (SOURCE: V8forvocations)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Clerical collars and classic cars don’t immediately jump to mind as a natural pairing.
The Rev. Matthew Keller, second from right, and volunteers lift the 1972 Chevelle SS during the restoration project. Keller said people from all over Gallup would drop by to ask about the project or volunteer to help. (SOURCE: The Rev. Matthew Keller)
But one Gallup priest’s youthful passion for muscle cars led to a project that brought the town together in a unique fundraising effort to help educate young men to follow their calling to serve in the church.
The Rev. Matthew Keller left his grease monkey days behind when he took the cloth, but he always remembered that ’64 Malibu he and his dad worked on when he was a teen in Bloomfield.
Fast forward a few years and he’s rector of the cathedral in Gallup, a diocese that’s struggling to find enough priests to serve its many parishes.