Praying for perspective: Does anybody really know what time it is?

As we clock our live, the years run too short and the day too fast By George Valadie If you ever find yourself worrying about the sanity of your family, or, more specifically, the people in it, then read on and have hope. Every single word of this is true. …

Diocese’s newest deacons answer the call

Journey to the permanent diaconate proves very rewarding By Emily Booker It has been a long time journey for the men recently ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville. Discerning the call from God, preparing for ordination, and balancing family and Church obligations take a lot of …

‘I have called you’

Bishop Stika ordains 23 men as permanent deacons on ‘historic’ day for the Diocese of Knoxville By Dan McWilliams Every once in a while, a truly special event occurs in the history of a diocese. On June 11, just such an event took place for the Diocese of Knoxville, as …

Father Adam Royal is the Diocese of Knoxville’s 51st ordained priest

Ordination Mass held June 4 at Sacred Heart Cathedral Father Adam Royal may not have realized it, but he was part of God’s plan even in the days before he joined the Catholic Church, Bishop Richard F. Stika said at the convert’s priestly ordination Mass. “You’ve been part of that …

Paulist associates begin new assignments

The Paulist Fathers, who minister at Immaculate Conception Church and St. John XXIII University  Parish and Catholic Center in Knoxville, have assigned two new associate pastors to those parishes. Father Robert J. O’Donnell, CSP, 67, will succeed Father Rich Andre, CSP, as associate pastor at St. John XXIII. The Paulist Fathers …

Once upon a time: Keeping theology consistent

Faithful continue to observe the commandments of the Church By Monsignor Xavier Mankel Time to go to confession? Our theology has been pretty consistent over the years. Following the Council of Trent, Catholics pretty much observed the commandments of the Church: annual sacramental confession, followed by holy Communion. Favorite times …

He dwells among us: Never look down

Seek God’s design in all you do to help build up a beautiful dwelling of God By Bishop Richard. F. Stika Anyone who knows me knows how much I love building projects and renovations. I particularly enjoy watching our new cathedral being built, especially as its skeletal frame of steel …