Fr. Mike Nolan appointed dean of Chattanooga Deanery

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Mike Nolan, pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland, the dean of the Chattanooga Deanery.

The appointment was effective Oct. 1. Father Nolan succeeds Father Charles Burton, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga, who has served as dean since 2013.

Father Ron Franco, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, was reappointed by Bishop Stika to another three-year term as dean of the Smoky Mountain Deanery.

Also serving as Diocese of Knoxville deans are Father Michael Cummins, pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport, of the Five Rivers Deanery, and Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, of the Cumberland Mountain Deanery.

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