Lenoir City Knights recognize charities, individuals

By Dan McWilliams Knights of Columbus Father John Savoca Council 12633 from St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City honored a number of charities and individuals July 18 at its annual recognition dinner. Outgoing Grand Knight Don Hoyle welcomed the gathering to the dinner. Father Doug Owens, St. Thomas …

Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals hears Yes on 1 challenge

Lawyers for state of Tennessee, plaintiffs debate before federal panel legality of 2014 constitutional amendment vote By Will Brewer After three years in legal limbo, advocates of Tennessee’s pro-life Amendment 1 finally got their day in court on Aug. 2. Amendment 1 amends the state’s constitution to say that there …

Fr. Punnackal celebrates 25th anniversary in priesthood

By Bill Brewer Six months after devastating wildfires wreaked havoc on his parish and parishioners, the mood at St. Mary in Gatlinburg was considerably more celebratory May 24 as the parishioners joined together to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Father Antony Punnackal’s ordination to the priesthood. Father Punnackal, CMI, who …

Book highlighting plight of Appalachian women will aid mission

Marie Cirillo, a former Glenmary sister who has spent the last 50 years in the Clear Fork Valley of Campbell and Claiborne counties trying to help East Tennesseans create opportunities after suffering job loss from mining and related problems, is on a new mission. She is working with a group …

Bishop celebrates adult confirmation Mass

Ninety-one years young John Stramiello is among 65 from across the diocese confirmed at the annual liturgy By Bill Brewer John Stramiello had compelling reasons for missing his confirmation: the Great Depression and World War II. At a time when most Catholic youth were studying their catechesis in preparation for …

Calendar fundraiser to aid tuition assistance

Participating schools, parishes to benefit when sales begin in September; cash prizes included By Bill Brewer Would you support Catholic education for 10 cents a day? The answer to that question is key to the success of a new fundraising program Diocese of Knoxville schools are launching in September to …

Catholic Charities of ET appoints chief operating officer

By Jim Wogan Lisa Healy, a former top executive with Sysco Corp., has been named chief operating officer for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, made the announcement on July 10. “I am delighted to have Lisa join …

Fr. Mike Johnston appointed Diocese of Nashville administrator

Former OLPH pastor, Notre Dame teacher, Knoxville Catholic High School principal to prepare diocese for new bishop By Theresa Laurence Tennessee Register Father Mike Johnston will be looking to answer one big question while he serves as administrator of the Diocese of Nashville: “What can we do together to prepare …

Natural Family Planning: a decision made without regrets

A couple looks back on its choice to learn NFP more than two years ago and finds that ‘it’s clear that we have been blessed’ by Tim Walker I recently came across the Natural Family Planning (NFP) pamphlet we received from the Couple to Couple League during our marriage preparation …

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Living the readings: Things are not what they seem

What did Jesus want to accomplish during his public ministry? By Father Joseph Brando You may have noticed that this column has been adjusting to the publishing schedule of The East Tennessee Catholic. Over the long haul this column has developed from a bi-weekly format to a monthly, and now …

Fr. Owens named vicar general, moderator of the curia

Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish succeeds founding vicar general Msgr. Xavier Mankel By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father …

He dwells among us: Saints don’t run away

They keep their eyes on Jesus, learning to see His eyes in those of our brothers and sisters By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere …