Diocesan schools upgrading technology for classrooms

Teachers, students embrace educational technology programs being integrated into standard curricula By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville schools are making major investments in technology with the adoption of one-PC-per-student programs that will level the playing field for computer access. And upgrades in infrastructure are allowing teachers and students to tap into …

St. Vincent de Paul Society comes to the aid of East Tennesseans

In Year of Mercy, mercy is abundant at Good Shepherd Parish in Newport as the Church reaches out to those in need By Emily Booker When people find themselves in times of crisis, they often call on the Catholic Church. The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Good Shepherd Parish …

Cumberland Mountain Deanery puts on a Celebration of Mercy

By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika led the opening prayer for the Celebration of Mercy organized for the Cumberland Mountain Deanery on July 23 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Participating priests included event organizer Father Steve Pawelk, GHM, of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Maynardville and St. John Paul …

Diocese of Knoxville schools draw closer to accreditation review

System evaluation for AdvancED certification to take place during 2016-17 school year following four-year preparation The culmination of the accreditation process will be a key theme during the 2016-17 academic year as Diocese of Knoxville schools are evaluated by AdvancED for certification as a system of excellence. While the majority …

Father Sescon is diocese’s newest permanent priest

Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade formally joins the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer Father Alberto Sescon, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade, is the newest permanent priest in the Diocese of Knoxville. Father Sescon, who has served as a priest …

Summer vacations spent serving those in need

Youth groups take part in camps that lend helping hands in Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Newcomb By Emily Booker Summer may seem like a time when kids are sleeping in and relaxing, but lots of young Catholics used their summer vacations to serve the needy. Hundreds of teenagers from all over the …

‘You are still with us from your window in heaven’

Co-worker of Lourdes Garza shares tributes following death of beloved Hispanic Ministries director By Blanca Primm Maria de Lourdes Garza is a woman whose presence is still felt among us even though she has left us to rejoice at the celestial banquet. What a battle you fought, friend and sister! Yes, …

Renowned Bible-study leader Dr. Ruth Queen Smith retires

Pastoral associate at St. John XXIII University Parish served Diocese of Knoxville for 25 years By Bill Brewer Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, who has ministered to the faith community at St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center as a pastoral associate and Bible study leader, retired on Pentecost Sunday after …

‘Served faithfully this diocese’

Bishop Stika, St. Joseph the Worker parishioners bid Father P.J. McGinnity farewell as he returns to native Ireland By Dan McWilliams Many people came from far and wide, wherever Father P.J. McGinnity had served, to honor the Ireland-born priest upon his retirement from the Diocese of Knoxville and his return …

Understanding the sacraments: The Mass — a mystery of mercy

It is ‘the place where the mercy of Christ is not only recalled but received’ By Father Randy Stice The tragic events of recent weeks and months recall the prophetic words of St. John Paul II in 1980, that as the human  conscience becomes increasingly secularized it “moves away from …

Marriage enrichment: Finding our Road to Emmaus

Our spiritual GPS instructs us to help others find their way as we keep family life holy By Marian Christiana In May I participated in a webinar hosted by the Center for Ministry Development called You Gotta Love Them: Insights into Welcoming, Accompanying and Empowering Families. The webinar was based …

50 years a priest

Golden jubilee of ordination Mass at All Saints Church marks milestone for Father Michael Woods By Bill Brewer When parishioner Chris Kite asked Father Michael Woods last winter how he would like to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, the answer caught no one off guard. Father …