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Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, gives a presentation at the Natural Family Planning conference at St. Albert the Great. (Photo by Bill Brewer)

Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, gives a presentation at the Natural Family Planning conference at St. Albert the Great.
(Photo by Bill Brewer)

Health-care professionals from the Diocese of Knoxville were briefed on the latest advancements in Natural Family Planning on April 5 by Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, DO, who was invited by the diocese’s St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee to lead a conference at St. Albert the Great Church in Knoxville.

Sister Marie Paul was joined by Knoxville physician Dr. Michael Carlson in discussing proven methods and emerging science in Natural Family Planning.

Sister Marie Paul’s medical practice is in Jackson, Minn., where she specializes in family medicine. Dr. Carlson also is a family-medicine specialist with Summit Medical Group.

In her presentation, “Natural Family Planning: Overcoming Original Sin With Grace,” Sister Marie Paul introduced a method for working with married couples practicing Natural Family Planning to assist them in coming to a deeper understanding of God’s design of the gift of self within marriage.

“Blessed John Paul II repeatedly invited couples to trust in God and to experience the joy of mutual self-gift within marriage. His teachings came to be known as the ‘Theology of the Body,’” she said.

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Teacher Darlene Adams holds a prayer blanket presented to her by Sister Marie Blanchette Cummings, OP, and students in the Challenge youth group at St. Mary in Oak Ridge. Photo by Dan McWilliams

Teacher Darlene Adams holds a prayer blanket presented to her by Sister Marie Blanchette Cummings, OP, and students in the Challenge youth group at St. Mary in Oak Ridge.
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The Challenge youth group at St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge left St. Mary School’s Spanish teacher “in awe” after the group raised nearly $2,800 to help her with medical bills as she battles cancer.

Darlene Adams was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer two years ago. The Challenge girls group, which includes a number of St. Mary students, was looking for an apostolic activity and thought of helping Mrs. Adams, 32, by holding a series of fundraisers.

The effort was capped with the presentation of a check for $2,797.21 to Mrs. Adams at an all-school assembly April 2.

“I’m just in awe of what these children did,” Mrs. Adams said. “I’ve always felt since the first day I walked in here that these kids are really something special, and I’ve really felt like a family around here. What they did meant so much to me—all the work they put in, just for me because they wanted to do something for me.”

Mrs. Adams said “wow” when she thought of the students.

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