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.

Bishop Richard F. Stika convened the diocesan-wide V Encuentro and headlined a list of speakers whose talks inspired those in attendance, mostly from the diocese’s Hispanic community, to fulfill the goals of St. John Paul II’s New Evangelization. Read more…

  • Louisville priest is new bishop of Nashville

    Bishop-designate J. Mark Spalding is the 12th shepherd in the history of Middle Tennessee’s diocese

    By Catholic News Service

    Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., as the new bishop of Nashville, succeeding Bishop David R. Choby, who died June 3. 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…

    St. Henry unity program marks Reformation anniversary

    Father Bart Okere joined by Rogersville-area Protestant ministers in ecumenical prayer service

    By Bill Jones/The Rogersville Review

    Oct. 31 marked the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation that fractured the Catholic Church and saw the rise of numerous Protestant denominations.

    On Oct. 30, representatives of several Protestant churches in the Rogersville area joined Father Bart Okere at St. Henry Catholic Church for a unity service designed to show that, though separated by doctrine, Catholic and Protestant churches share many matters of common ground when it comes to the Christian faith. 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…

    Diocese holds Masses for legal, medical, first-responder, military communities

    By Dan McWilliams

    The Diocese of Knoxville once again recognized the importance of the legal, medical, law enforcement-first-responder, and military professions in East Tennessee by celebrating Masses for their members. Read more…


He dwells among us: Silent heart, holy heart

Silence is not noiselessness but the condition for receiving what God wishes to give us

By Bishop Richard F. Stika

“Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” — Luke 2:19

The season of Advent is a special time of preparation to reflect upon the mysteries of our faith so that they may truly become the treasures of our heart. Like the beautiful hymn Silent Night that celebrates God’s greatest gift to us, Christ Jesus, these mysteries are best received in a heart that is quiet and still. 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: A lesson in humility at traffic court

This driver in a hurry doesn’t see himself ‘as being as bad or as guilty as any of those people,’ until the Holy Spirit intervenes.

By George Valadie

I’m hoping to do better this time because last year my Advent season didn’t begin soon enough. Yes, I know the season has an official Sunday beginning, but life reminded me that four weeks of reflection and readiness weren’t nearly enough.

Maybe this year. 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…