Two new leaders named at Notre Dame High

Dr. Eric Schexnaildre is appointed head of school and Melissa Wolff dean of academics By Dan McWilliams Notre Dame High School and Diocese of Knoxville superintendent of Catholic schools Mary Ann Deschaine on April 18 announced two leadership appointments at the Chattanooga school. Eric Schexnaildre, Ed.D., of the Notre Dame …

Bishop-elect Beckman’s episcopal formation has ties to East Tennessee

Bishop-elect Beckman’s episcopal formation has ties to East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams The 5,000 who attended the ordination of Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell and the formal establishment of the Diocese of Knoxville on Sept. 8, 1988, did not know it, but the fourth bishop of Knoxville was seated among them …

‘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 …

Breakout sessions a hit at third men’s conference

St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport hosts the annual event that keeps ‘growing and improving’ By Dan McWilliams Adding breakout sessions to the third annual East Tennessee Catholic Men’s Conference, held March 9 at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, proved to be a popular decision. Two breakout segments took place between …

Singing the goodness of the Lord

Archbishop Fabre celebrates Chrism Mass to begin Holy Week observances By Dan McWilliams Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre addressed most of his Chrism Mass homily to his brother priests of the Diocese of Knoxville as a sign of their unity as one presbyterate, “hoping and praying that all the grace and …

A history of the Paulist Fathers in Knoxville

By Dan McWilliams Before the Paulist Fathers assumed care of Immaculate Conception in Knoxville in 1973, the city’s oldest parish—founded in 1855—stood in danger of closing as its downtown neighborhood was beset with urban blight, and the number of Mass-goers had been dwindling for more than 15 years. IC’s St. …

St. John Neumann donor makes historic gift

Lydia Melli’s generosity will allow for a middle school expansion with state-of-the-art technology  By Dan McWilliams St. John Neumann Church and School in Farragut have received a historic gift to build a middle school expansion, which will include state-of-the-art educational spaces and resources for current students and accommodate the school’s …

Two KCHS girls wrestlers place second at state

The young program garners several honors, with Aliya Whaley finishing third at a national event    By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Catholic High School girls wrestling team has a short history, but two of its members recorded program-best state-runner-up finishes at the state meet last month. Senior Rebecca Deyo, competing …

Rain impacts attendance at sixth Knights Cup

Goals were aplenty in the five collegiate lacrosse games played at Knoxville Catholic High School  By Dan McWilliams Rain hampered attendance both days at the sixth Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament on Feb. 9-10 at Knoxville Catholic High School, but those who came to Blaine Stadium saw 125 goals scored in …

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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 …

KCHS girls basketball team wins 2nd straight title

State tournament MVP Sydney Mains leads Lady Irish to 53-39 victory over rival Webb  By Dan McWilliams When leading scorer and Miss Basketball finalist Sydney Mains picked up her fourth foul and exited the game in the third quarter of the state-championship contest March 2, the rest of the Knoxville …

Donation lets cathedral complete organ install

Alan and Sally Sefton’s gift allows the instrument to ‘produce the entire canon of organ repertoire’ By Dan McWilliams The end of his violin lessons as a youth did not stop Alan Sefton’s love of music, and the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus community is glad of …