A ministry of the soil at St. Mary

Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville support a number of different ministries. Some are focused on developing the mind, some on healing the spirit, some on leading souls to conversion, and some are of the soil. Yes, soil. As in agriculture. As in farming. As in growing vegetables to …

Catholic Charities gains lawyer to direct immigration legal affairs

Chelsea Markham Lyle using law degree, passion for helping others to assist immigrants By Emily Booker Chelsea Markham Lyle, who is a program leader for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services in Chattanooga, has a passion for helping individuals and families through the immigration process. And now …

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 …

KCHS’s Cade Mays named to Army All-American Bowl

The senior lineman is one of 100 players selected nationally to appear in the Jan. 6 game in San Antonio By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School standout senior lineman Cade Mays has been selected to play for the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mays, who stands …

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 Marion 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 …

NDHS, St. Dominic environmental programs recognized

The schools were two of 10 winners in the Good Sports Always Recycle challenge and were honored in a Neyland Stadium ceremony St. Dominic School in Kingsport and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga were recently recognized for their school environmental programs as two of the 10 winners of the …

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. The diocesan store next to the newly rising Cathedral of …

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. …

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 …

Book signings held for diocesan authors

By Bill Brewer Two Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who are active in the faith have recently published books that examine community within the Catholic Church. The authors, Monica Kimutis and Dr. Tricia Bruce, and their books were on display Sept. 30 at the Paraclete Catholic Book and Gift Store at …

Father William Oruko, AJ, receives transfer to Archdiocese of Portland

Father William Oruko, AJ, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since 2003, has been reassigned by his order, the Apostles of Jesus, to serve in Oregon. Father Oruko, who is from Kenya, has served at Sacred Heart Cathedral, St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, St. Mary Parish in …

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 …