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 …

Praying for perspective: We are all God’s creatures

Whether well-heeled with the right papers or the more common variety, everyone should strive to be a best friend. By George Valadie For some reason, I feel compelled to tell you about our dogs, the ones still with us and those of the past. Most all of us have had …

The Face and Hands of Jesus

Bridge Ministry connects homeless community and Diocese of Knoxville volunteers By Bill Brewer Photography by Deacon Scott Maentz and Bill Brewer Ministries serve God in a variety of ways. Some are formed with great resources and goals in mind. Many are merely seeds planted that take time to grow. And …

He dwells among us: Eternal friends

As a people of God, we need the help of our friends on earth and in heaven, and to be friends to those in need By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessing …

Farm-to-church-to-table

Area produce featured as St. Mary Oak Ridge again hosts Winter Farmers Market By Dan McWilliams Photography by Bill Brewer St. Mary Parish and School in Oak Ridge are providing both a valuable opportunity for farmers and good food for the community by hosting the second annual Winter Farmers Market. …

Diocese of Knoxville parishes raise more than $400,000 for disaster relief

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. By Jim Wogan Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special …