Well done, good and faithful servant

Funeral Mass celebrated for Monsignor Xavier Mankel, a founder of the Diocese of Knoxville

By Bill Brewer

Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in a manner that bespeaks those things closest to his heart: the Church, the priesthood, his parishes, and family.

His final gesture as a founding father of the Diocese of Knoxville and one of its senior priests was to be buried with his mother and father, saving one of the few, if not the only, remaining burial plots on Priest Mound in Calvary for a brother priest who may want or need it. Read more…

  • On the other side

    Bishop Stika ‘sends forth’ diocese’s newest members during Sending of the Neophytes Mass

    By Bill Brewer

    Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Pentecost on June 4 by recognizing the 227 catechumens and candidates baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Read more…

    Funeral Mass held for Bishop Choby

    By Andy Telli

    Bishop David R. Choby was a true shepherd to the people of the Diocese of Nashville, recalled his fellow bishop, friend, and former student, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Ore.

    He was “the kind of shepherd I would like to be,” said the archbishop, who was the homilist at the funeral Mass for Bishop Choby, who died June 3 at age 70 of complications after a fall at his home in February. Read more…

    Faith in the harvest

    With work of human hands, Santana family farm carefully cultivates fruit of the vine

    By Jim Wogan

    I couldn’t have chosen a more challenging day to watch someone pick tomatoes.

    It was July 27, 2016, and the temperature in Grainger County hovered at around 96 degrees. Yes, that Grainger County — where home-grown and carefully cultivated tomatoes have gained a brilliant reputation for taste and texture from coast to coast, if not beyond. Read more…

    Hungry for the faith

    UT-Chattanooga students savor their education on Catholicism and Christianity; Bishop Stika offers a pep talk

    By Emily Booker

    Younger generations often are accused of being entitled, individualistic, and seeking instant gratification. There is worry that millennials and Gen Z are abandoning traditional customs, including their faith. Read more…

  • A chosen vessel unto me

    Father Christopher Floersh ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stika

    By Bill Brewer

    It started with a chalice decades ago.

    And it did so again June 3 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the ordination Mass for Father Christopher Floersh, the 52nd priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville and the 17th priest ordained by Bishop Stika. Read more…

    Ladies of Charity celebrates 75th year

    Bishop Stika praises diocesan group’s work during special Mass

    By Bill Brewer

    You’ve come a long way, ladies. The Ladies of Charity, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, celebrated the milestone May 13 with a first for the nonprofit charitable organization that is part of the Diocese of Knoxville. Read more…

    Pregnancy Center dedicated in Newcomb

    Cardinal Justin Rigali blesses the new Catholic Charities facility, located in the Crazy Quilt Friendship Center

    By Dan McWilliams

    Catholic Charities’ new Pregnancy Help Center in Newcomb fulfills a great need in a northern Campbell County area where expectant moms are often plagued by poverty and drug addiction.

    Cardinal Justin Rigali blessed the new facility on his 82nd birthday April 19. Read more…

    Fr. Gahagan receives papal designation as monsignor

    Longtime diocesan priest receives ovation from fellow priests at St. Thomas the Apostle

    By Jim Wogan

    Pope Francis has designated Father William Gahagan, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since its inception in 1988, with the title of monsignor.

    The papal honor comes at the recommendation of Bishop Richard F. Stika, who made the announcement at a meeting of diocesan priests on May 23 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Read more…


He Dwells Among Us: The cathedral of our heart
By Bishop Richard F. Stika

Holiness is a beauty that exceeds even the most beautiful cathedral in the world

“You are God’s field, God’s building. …Each one must be careful how he builds upon it” (1 Corinthians 9:9, 10). As I watch the many construction workers laboring daily to give greater form and sacred detail to our new cathedral, these words of St. Paul come to mind. For each of us in our baptism is a temple of God. Read more…

Living the readings:
Pentecost to Ordinary Time

By Father Joseph Brando

Pentecost to Ordinary Time: The nine Sundays of June and July include three key feast days

This edition of The East Tennessee Catholic takes us beyond the Easter Season, through the feasts of Pentecost, Holy Trinity, and the Body and Blood of Christ, and right back into Ordinary Time. It’s a great time to start off explaining what this column is attempting to accomplish. Read more…

Understanding the sacraments: The ‘peculiar graces’ of the Mass
Fr. Randy Stice

The saints, including St. John of the Cross and St. Faustina, experienced this liturgical presence in profound ways

The meaning and power of the liturgical year was elegantly summarized by Vatican Council II: “Within the cycle of a year, moreover, she [the Church] unfolds the whole mystery of Christ, from the incarnation and birth until the ascension, the day of Pentecost, and the expectation of blessed hope and of the coming of the Lord” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 102). Read more…

Praying for Perspective: A priestly notion that’s ‘not ready for prime time’
By George Valadie

Idea of ordaining married priests leads to unexpected discussion

You can’t have two nicer weekends than we’ve had. The first was spent in Little Rock with all three of our daughters and their families. There was swimming, a cookout, and a lot of grandpa goofiness on the trampoline. Read more…

Marriage enrichment corner: Communication is the bedrock of any relationship
Marian Christiana

Differences in language between two people, based on what their family of origin passed on, can present a challenge

Language, both verbal and physical, is a key ingredient to good communication. The first two factors dealing with good communication both focus on language. The first reminds us to watch our body language, and the next one stresses the need to use clear and concise language to identify an issue.Read more…