Multicultural rosary unites diocesan Catholics of all nationalities

By Bill Brewer Catholics from different nationalities whose common denominator is East Tennessee congregated for a multicultural rosary on Sept. 23 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to commemorate National Migration Week and World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It was the second annual multicultural rosary …

Hispanic youth create a wall of faith, hope, and love

Sr. Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school taught students to embrace their ‘desert’ journey By Bill Brewer Hispanic members of Sister Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school class have embraced a wall and what it can represent, although this wall is very different than the one that comes to mind for many …

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Commemorating Cursillo

Faith movement celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer The Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Knoxville has reached a longevity milestone that many organizations never attain as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a special Mass for East …

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‘A match made in heaven’

Catholic Charities, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic partner to provide health care in Scott Co. By Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic are partnering on a unique ministry that provides a shot in the arm to health care in Scott County, which has joined the …

Seftons, who call diocese home, remember queen, king fondly

By Bill Brewer To many British, if not most, Queen Elizabeth II was no enigma despite the barriers that can separate royalty from the public. She was omnipresent in their lives, whether through official royal functions, frequent public appearances, her annual Christmas addresses, or the constant stream of news coverage …

Ladies of Charity hosts national assembly

Members of USA organization gather for first time in Diocese of Knoxville             By Bill Brewer The world is trying to return to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Ladies of Charity USA organization is no different. It has been three years since the Ladies of Charity USA held its …

Off to a strong start

Accreditation, enrollment, leadership reasons for optimism as DOK school year gets underway By Bill Brewer The 2022-23 school year is underway, and if you’re a student, parent, staff member, teacher, or administrator, you can look at it as a class-half-empty or class-half-full proposition. Summer is basically over, although you would …

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Giving it up to God

Comunità Cenacolo considering Diocese of Knoxville for fifth U.S. house By Bill Brewer Five men who visited the Diocese of Knoxville in June could easily have been mistaken for Catholic tourists taking in East Tennessee and all it has to offer. But there was more to their trip than hiking …

Knoxville Catholic High School to host Young Life

Popular youth ministry will be on campus beginning with fall semester             By Bill Brewer In what is likely a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, Knoxville Catholic High School will host a Young Life team for the 2022-23 academic year. And as part of an effort to double down on …

Irish Fest brings out the Irish in everyone

If the weather, crowd size, and smiles are a barometer, then the 2015 edition of Irish Fest on the Hill at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville was a rousing success. More than a thousand people gathered in the 400 block of West Vine Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 8, for fellowship, …

Fighting hunger is a team affair for parishes

A highly organized assembly line of parishioners from across the Diocese of Knoxville gathered at St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City on July 25 in an effort to help end hunger in Africa. Those who took part in the Helping Hands project, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, helped churn …

Of prophets and kings

By Father Joseph Brando In modern times, the relationship between church and state is complex and difficult. The complication is due to multiple factors, including the migration of peoples, race, military power, the attitude of the people, and the power of one or more ethnic groups in the nation, among …