Deacon to lead ‘Faith and Reason’ course

Deacon Mike Gouge is no stranger to scientific theory. In fact, the Ph.D. and recent retiree from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has thrived on research about the beginnings of the universe. Now, Deacon Gouge wants to preach what he has practiced by leading an adult faith formation class called “Faith …

Catholic Charities of ET launches phone counseling center

Research showing that the effectiveness of counseling via telephone equals face-to-face counseling sessions has led Catholic Charities of East Tennessee to start a phone-based counseling service. The service, which began Aug. 1, is targeted to a large, underserved clientele, according to Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, of Catholic Charities, who …

In praise of modesty: Diocesan schools update dress code

Students, faculty get revised rules on appropriate attire; all eighth-graders to wear gowns at graduation    “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a …

Diocesan camps are leadership training ground for youth

Fun, learning is stressed at God Camps and Youth Leadership Institute, where participation is strong When school lets out in May and many students look for the nearest pool, mall, video game or smartphone to inhabit until August, a number of diocesan pre-teens and teens make plans to interact with …

Immaculate Conception parishioner in spotlight on ‘Duets’

Alexis Foster takes national stage on ABC talent series after honing skills in church choir Alexis Foster’s final semester at the University of Tennessee came in stages. Actually, Ms. Foster has gone from the graduation stage to a nationally televised stage as part of the new ABC prime-time talent search …

‘God shining down on them’ — the Rinnie miracle

In aftermath of tornado, family rebuilding with a hand from St. Alphonsus, Catholic Charities Shannon Bice and husband Paul Vickers have lost almost everything—and they consider themselves blessed. The Cumberland County couple continues to pick up the pieces after a tornado destroyed their house and belongings on Feb. 29. But …