Praying for perspective: Catholic schools—they’re worth it

A week spent celebrating them annually isn’t enough time to thank everyone involved, but it does get the message out By George Valadie For the most people around the country, the first Friday in February coming up will bring to conclusion another Catholic Schools Week celebration. Over the last 30-plus …

V Encuentro takes center stage

Bishop Stika convenes diocesan session as part of national effort By Bill Brewer A yearlong effort to bring Diocese of Knoxville parishioners to intense missionary activity as part of the V Encuentro movement culminated in a diocesan-wide convocation Oct. 21 at Knoxville Catholic High School attended by nearly 400 people. …

Stewards of life

Catholic Church offers caring solutions to stem the rising tide of teen suicide By Emily Booker “God did not make death, and he does not delight in the death of the living. For he created all things that they might exist.” — Wisdom 1:13-14 Evan is a good kid — …

Louisville priest is new bishop of Nashville

Bishop-designate J. Mark Spalding is the 12th shepherd in the history of Middle Tennessee’s diocese By Catholic News Service Pope Francis has named Father J. Mark Spalding, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., as the new bishop of Nashville, succeeding Bishop David R. Choby, who died June 3. …

Catholic Charities director accepts Washington assignment

Sister Mary Christine Cremin to lead D.C. Religious Sisters of Mercy community By Emily Booker Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, has served as executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee for the past four years. But now she is stepping down from that position to take a new assignment …

Diocese holds Masses for legal, medical, first-responder, military communities

By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville once again recognized the importance of the legal, medical, law enforcement-first-responder, and military professions in East Tennessee by celebrating Masses for their members. Members of the health-care professions were the focus of a special Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart …

St. Michael youth help with recovery

Twelve members of the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission youth group, Elena Orozco, Chris Andrade, Zayra Andrade, Tanya and Samantha Chavez, Andrea Lopez, Aaron Manzanares, Daniel Meza, Fernanda Murillo, Luz Perez, Bernice Luquin, and Fernanda Ruiz-Yin, gave up their fall break from school to travel to Naples, Fla., to …

A ministry of the soil at St. Mary

Catholic parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville support a number of different ministries. Some are focused on developing the mind, some on healing the spirit, some on leading souls to conversion, and some are of the soil. Yes, soil. As in agriculture. As in farming. As in growing vegetables to …

Catholic Charities gains lawyer to direct immigration legal affairs

Chelsea Markham Lyle using law degree, passion for helping others to assist immigrants By Emily Booker Chelsea Markham Lyle, who is a program leader for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services in Chattanooga, has a passion for helping individuals and families through the immigration process. And now …

He dwells among us: Silent heart, holy heart

Silence is not noiselessness but the condition for receiving what God wishes to give us By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart.” — Luke 2:19 The season of Advent is a special time of preparation to reflect upon the mysteries …

KCHS’s Cade Mays named to Army All-American Bowl

The senior lineman is one of 100 players selected nationally to appear in the Jan. 6 game in San Antonio By Dan McWilliams Knoxville Catholic High School standout senior lineman Cade Mays has been selected to play for the East team in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Mays, who stands …