Youth inspired by science of STAR EX program

Those attending camp at St. John Neumann learn about astronomy, rocketry, robotics, and more By Bill Brewer As a young girl, Tara Cotten loved to recite the nursery rhyme “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!” Now, Dr. Tara Cotten, a professor with a Ph.D. in astronomy …

A commitment to faith

Funeral Mass celebrated for Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, longtime school leader By Bill Brewer Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, a veteran educator who served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools during her long, distinguished tenure in the Diocese of Knoxville, died on April 8 following a brief illness. She was 88. …

Reaction to bishop-elect’s appointment is fast and favorable

By Bill Brewer News that Nashville priest Father Mark Beckman will be the Diocese of Knoxville’s fourth bishop was met with an immediate air of familiarity and comfort by many across East Tennessee. Within minutes of Pope Francis announcing early May 7 that Father Beckman will lead the diocese, texts, …

‘Patterned after the person of our Lord’

Fr. Mark Beckman named diocese’s new bishop By Bill Brewer and Dan McWilliams Pope Francis reached into the ranks of Tennessee priests to select the Diocese of Knoxville’s next bishop. Bishop-elect James Mark Beckman was introduced on May 7 as the fourth shepherd of the Church in East Tennessee immediately …

The Gospel of life

Front line of abortion conflict is on Tennessee-Virginia border By Bill Brewer Bristol has become an unlikely front line in the U.S. abortion debate as the nation’s leading moral conflict plays out in a city divided by more than the Tennessee-Virginia state line. It’s where the region’s faithful are facing …

Archbishop Fabre leads deacons in renewal of vows

By Bill Brewer Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre presided at a Vespers service in which the Diocese of Knoxville’s deacons renewed their diaconal vows. The service was held on Feb. 22, the feast of the Chair of St. Peter the Apostle, in Cathedral Hall on the Cathedral of the Most Sacred …

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Lady Irish seniors have parent coaches to thank

Caroline Krueger and Sydney Mains’ parents have coached their daughters for years  By Bill Brewer and Dan McWilliams Caroline Krueger and Sydney Mains, the only seniors on a Knoxville Catholic High School girls basketball team that won its second consecutive state championship this month, have their parents to thank for …

Partners in ministry

New Catholic Charities leader envisions collaboration with priests, parishes By Bill Brewer Deacon David Duhamel loves it when a plan comes together. No, he’s not invoking Hannibal Smith when leading his organization, which isn’t “The A-Team.” Deacon Duhamel is the new executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, which …

In full communion

Nearly 400 catechumens, candidates entering Catholic Church at Easter Vigil By Bill Brewer The season of Lent brings with it newness and growth, as in the hundreds of catechumens and candidates who will be entering into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter. Many of those catechumens and candidates …

Archbishop Fabre announces reassignments of 2 priests

By Bill Brewer Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre has announced the reassignments of two priests in the Diocese of Knoxville. Father Michael Hendershott, currently the associate pastor of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville, will become the parochial vicar of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga. Father Hendershott also …

Catholic historian resolves to answer… Why the Jews?

By Bill Brewer Why the Jews? It’s a question that has been asked for thousands of years and one that took on renewed significance Oct. 7 when Hamas attacked Israel, provoking Mideast fighting that continues and threatens to spread. And it’s a question that Catholic educator Brendan Murphy has resolved …

St. Ann Parish in Lancing serves its neighbors

The small Morgan County community ‘jumps at the chance’ to offer a Holiday Food Box distribution  By Bill Brewer A lot can happen in a year. And a lot did. Just ask the members of St. Ann Church in Lancing. During the 2022 Christmas holiday, parishioners in the Morgan County …