Elevating us toward God

Architects give form to the Diocese of Knoxville’s cathedral vision

Story and Photography by Jim Wogan

On March 3, Bishop Richard F. Stika will walk through the immense doors of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to celebrate its dedication Mass after more than four years of planning, prayer, and hard work have gone into the historic project.

It will be the first celebration inside the Diocese of Knoxville’s new mother church, a sacred building its designers say will last 200-300 years and perhaps longer. Read more…

  • KCHS wins second title in three years

    By Bill Brewer
    Photography by Dr. Kelly Kearse

    Cookeville – Knoxville Catholic High School won its second state football championship in three years Nov. 30, 2017, with a 45-28 victory over Beech High School at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

    In addition to winning the championship in Division I, Class 5A, KCHS pulled off another remarkable feat at the same time. Read more…

    V Encuentro takes center stage

    Bishop Stika convenes diocesan session as part of national effort

    By Bill Brewer

    A yearlong effort to bring Diocese of Knoxville parishioners to intense missionary activity as part of the V Encuentro movement culminated in a diocesan-wide convocation Oct. 21 at Knoxville Catholic High School attended by nearly 400 people. Read more…

    Catholic Charities director accepts Washington assignment

    Sister Mary Christine Cremin to lead D.C. Religious Sisters of Mercy community

    By Emily Booker

    Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, has served as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for the past four years. But now she is stepping down from that position to take a new assignment in Washington, D.C. Read more…

  • Notre Dame High School reaches state championship game for the first time

    By Dan McWilliams

    Cookeville – Notre Dame High School’s 2017 football team advanced farther than any squad in school history, but the Fighting Irish’s 11-game winning streak ended with a loss in the state championship game Dec. 2 at Tennessee Tech’s Tucker Stadium.

    Lausanne Collegiate School earned its second straight title in Division II, Class AA, with a 41-13 win over Notre Dame (NDHS). The Memphis school finished the season 13-0. Read more…

    Stewards of life

    Catholic Church offers caring solutions to stem the rising tide of teen suicide

    By Emily Booker

    “God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things that they might exist.” — Wisdom 1:13-14.

    Evan is a good kid — decent grades, never in trouble. He plays baseball. He has a group of friends. Read more…

    The Paraclete store marks 30th anniversary

    The retail outlet, owned by the Diocese of Knoxville, has special advantages that big-box and online retailers can’t offer

    By Dan McWilliams

    The Paraclete book and gift store opened in May 1987 and is still going strong 30 years later.

    he diocesan store next to the newly rising Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus celebrated three decades of operation this year. Read more…


He dwells among us: Builders of God’s dwelling

With the help of St. Joseph, let our eucharistic Lord transform you into a beautiful cathedral

By Bishop Richard F. Stika

“How lovely is your dwelling place, Lord, God of Hosts!” (Ps 84:1) The opening verse of this psalm, which is one of my favorites, echoes more and more in my heart each day as I witness the incredible progress being made with the finishing details of our new cathedral.

With its dedication fast approaching on March 3, I marvel at the incredible transformation that has occurred since its groundbreaking on April 19, 2015. And yet this construction project of brick and mortar is but an image of the spiritual construction project each soul represents. Read more…

Living the readings: Turning the corner

The readings take us from Advent back to Ordinary Time

By Father Joseph Brando

As we all know, The East Tennessee Catholic has changed its format over the years. This has especially affected this column, changing it from a biweekly format to a monthly and now to a bimonthly column. Since this column was begun to highlight the Scripture readings used at the Sunday Liturgy, changing the number of issues changes the column’s perspective.

Focusing on two Gospels per column is radically different from analyzing two months’ worth of Scripture readings in multi-leveled interaction with each other. Read more…

Praying for perspective: Catholic schools—they’re worth it

A week spent celebrating them annually isn’t enough time to thank everyone involved, but it does get the message out.

By George Valadie

For the most people around the country, the first Friday in February coming up will bring to conclusion another Catholic Schools Week celebration.

Over the last 30-plus years, we in Catholic education have finally come to understand the need to find and use our best public relations people. Read more…

Marriage Enrichment: Give the gift of travel to someone you love

The diocese is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families next year in Dublin, Ireland

By Marian Christiana

As the song says, “It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…,” and trying to find that perfect gift for your spouse or loved ones can be incredibly frustrating. This year I am going to ask you to think about giving the gift of travel to someone you love.

The Diocese of Knoxville has the perfect opportunity for you to blend travel, family time, faith-filled educational experiences, beautiful liturgies experienced with people from all over the world, and, on top of all that, an opportunity to see Pope Francis in person. Read more…