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 …

Taking it to the limit: 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, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 — …

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. …

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 …

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. Members of the health-care professions were the focus of a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart …

St. Michael youth help with recovery

Twelve members of the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission youth group, Elena Orozco, Chris Andrade, Zayra Andrade, Tanya and Samantha Chavez, Andrea Lopez, Aaron Manzanares, Daniel Meza, Fernanda Murillo, Luz Perez, Bernice Luquin, and Fernanda Ruiz-Yin, gave up their fall break from school to travel to Naples, Fla., to …