V Encuentro update: Engaging in the heart of the process

Parishioners urged to join a March 11 presentation on The Joy of the Gospel by Father David Boettner By Blanca Primm V Encuentro, a four-year process of ecclesial reflection and action that invites all U.S. Catholics to intense missionary activity, consultation, leadership development, and identification of best ministerial practices in …

Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer, BVM, former diocesan teacher, dies

DUBUQUE, Iowa — Sister Frances Ann Schaeffer, BVM, 84, died Dec. 26 at the Mount Carmel Motherhouse in Dubuque, Iowa. Burial was in Mount Carmel cemetery in Dubuque. In the Diocese of Knoxville, Sister Frances Ann taught at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga and was a Montessori …

Father Brent Shelton receives NAACP Community Service Award

Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge, has received the 2016 Community Service Award from the NAACP for his work with two other Oak Ridge pastors in promoting a “Community Matters” public forum. Father Shelton received the award from the Anderson County/Oak Ridge chapter of the …

Mass of dedication for new Sacred Heart Cathedral set for March 2018

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that a Mass of dedication for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral will be celebrated on Saturday, March 3, 2018. An exact time will be announced at a later date. Bishop Stika said the Mass and Rite of Dedication of a church and its altar …

Home Campaign recognized nationally

By Jim Wogan The Home Campaign, a diocesan effort to build and strengthen the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, has been recognized nationally for its success. The International Catholic Stewardship Conference presented the Diocese of Knoxville its 2016 Award for Excellence in a Capital Campaign at its annual conference in New …

Bishop’s Appeal underway in all Diocese of Knoxville parishes

Funds raised benefit Catholic Charities, seminarian education, youth, justice and peace, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic By Jim Wogan The Bishop’s Appeal 2017— a critical source of annual funding for diocesan works of mercy, formation, evangelization, education, and charity — is underway at all 51 parishes and mission churches in the …

Former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer to headline Emerald O’ccasion

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 32nd annual fundraising dinner to be held March 9 at Knoxville Marriott Hotel The 32nd annual Emerald O’ccasion Catholic Charities fundraising dinner in Knoxville will be complemented with a dash of orange this year. Phillip Fulmer, unquestionably one of the biggest names in University of …

Monsignor Mankel receives MLK Commission award

By Bill Brewer The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Commission has presented its 2017 Chair’s Award to Monsignor Xavier Mankel for his work in support of justice and equality. In revealing its selection, the MLK Commission cited Monsignor Mankel’s work with the commission and the Knoxville community through the …

Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry has new director

Veteran assistant Blanca Primm, who succeeds Lourdes Garza, will help parishes answer discipleship call              By Dan McWilliams Blanca Primm is planning to carry out that mission of the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry as she has now been named its director. Mrs. Primm received her promotion on Dec. 12, the …

The East Tennessee Catholic marks silver anniversary with new look

The East Tennessee Catholic newspaper, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016, marks the beginning of its second 25 years with a new look. The Diocese of Knoxville’s bi-monthly publication, which highlights the happenings of Catholic parishes, schools, organizations, and homes throughout East Tennessee, is returning to a traditional broadsheet …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge parishioner is new lieutenant governor

Sen. Randy McNally is first Catholic to hold state’s second-highest elected office By Bill Brewer When Diocese of Knoxville priest Father Michael Woods delivered the invocation to convene the 110th General Assembly in Nashville on Jan. 10, Sen. Randy McNally was putting his imprint on a longtime tradition in the …

He dwells among us: Our days are numbered

How will we use the time we have left? Three important top for making the most of our moments By Bishop Richard F. Stika It doesn’t happen that often, but this year it does. We will be in Ordinary Time for the whole month of February. That’s right – Lent …