Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful …

Archbishop Kurtz named to Vatican congregation

By Marnie McAllister Record Assistant Editor With an announcement made by the Vatican Feb. 19, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz made history for the Archdiocese of Louisville. He is the first, or possibly the second, leader of the archdiocese to serve as a member of a Vatican congregation. Pope Francis appointed …

40 Days for Life to be part of Lenten observance

Parishioners and groups in the Diocese of Knoxville are encouraged to take part in the sixth annual 40 Days for Life campaign as part of their Lenten observance. The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, March 5, in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic at 710 …

St. Stephen Church hosts Family Honor workshop

Some Chattanooga Deanery families have taken advantage of a program aimed at preparing and empowering parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality. St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chattanooga hosted a unique chastity program Feb. 7-8 …

Celebrating the consecrated life

Bishop Richard F. Stika presided Feb. 9 at a Solemn Vespers held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in prayerful commemoration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. The evening prayer included exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Assisting the bishop were Father Joe Reed of Sacred Heart and cathedral Deacons …

Catholic schools exhibit a flair for education

Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Knoxville showcased the talents of students, faculty and parents who exhibited flairs in a variety of areas—from singing, dancing and playing instruments, to fashion design, cooking and even stand-up comedy. And there were volleyball, basketball and dodge ball feats thrown in for good …

Notre Dame students receive All-State honors, scholarships

All-State honors have been awarded to six Notre Dame athletes and one student musician. Anthony Smith was named to the Tennessee All-State Band. He was joined in state-wide honors by Robert Kidwell in football, Kareem Orr in football, and Tyler Enos, also in football. Maddie Robbins was named All-State in …

KCHS athletes commit to colleges on National Signing Day

Five Knoxville Catholic High School student athletes committed to play at the next level in a National Signing Day ceremony Feb. 5 in the school library. Offensive lineman Patrick McFall signed with East Tennessee State University. Track athlete Camille Baker committed to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Three soccer …

Diocese of Knoxville pilgrims tackle weather to march for life

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A commitment to being pro-life can make heady demands on a person, be it a holy hour in eucharistic adoration in the wee hours of the morning or simply holding true to what for some is an unpopular stance. It is one thing for a person to …

Hundreds on hand at 4th annual Rosary For Life

People from across the diocese gather near Planned Parenthood clinic in prayer to offer peaceful witness What looked to be a soggy Rosary For Life instead became a powerful witness for God and the sanctity of life Jan. 11 as a persistent downpour ended when Cardinal Justin Rigali began prayer …

He dwells among us: With the help of the saints

Holiness is answer to question of what it means to be truly human; saints are special friends to help us Shortly after his election as pope in 1958, the world was introduced to the quick wit and humor of Blessed John XXIII. “Anybody can be Pope,” he exclaimed, and “the …