In service and sacrifice

Veterans observances honor those who served, those still in harm’s way By Dan McWilliams A special guest appeared at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the annual Green Mass for members of the military and veterans on Nov. 13. Bishop Aleksander Jazlowiecki, auxiliary bishop of the …

’49 years, 5 months, and 2 days’

Tennessee Right to Life remembers a half-century spent defending unborn at annual event By Dan McWilliams Forty-nine years, five months, and two days—that’s how long abortion was the law of the land after Roe v. Wade. Tennessee Right to Life’s Knox County chapter marked the end of that nearly half-century …

Father Schuster installed as St. Alphonsus pastor

Bishop Stika presides and also blesses a bell that will go in the Crossville parish’s new church  By Dan McWilliams Parishioners of St. Alphonsus in Crossville received a double kindness when they attended Mass on Oct. 9 as Bishop Richard F. Stika formally installed Father Mark Schuster as their pastor …

Medal of Honor recipients visit Catholic schools

Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry and Sgt. Mike Rose speak at KCHS; parachute jump held at Sacred Heart  By Dan McWilliams Congressional Medal of Honor recipients were in Knoxville for a celebration Sept. 6-10, and two Catholic soldiers who earned the rare award stopped by Knoxville Catholic High School and Sacred …

Sacred-music lovers flock to Holy Ghost for events

A two-day weekend gathering and a Chant Camp for children draw dozens of participants            By Dan McWilliams Lovers of sacred music, especially Gregorian chant, of all ages attended two special events at Holy Ghost Church in recent weeks. The North Knoxville parish hosted the seventh Southeastern Sacred Music Weekend …

KCHS sees four generations of Connor family attend

Helen Mabry Connor, 96, attends a gathering at the school with her children and grandchildren    By Dan McWilliams On the first full day of school Aug. 9, Knoxville Catholic High School began its 90th year with a gathering of four generations of the Connor family, all of whom came through …

Health and Mental Wellness Expo held at All Saints

Event was open to public for awareness and education on ways to live healthier lives By Dan McWilliams More than 225 people attended a Health and Mental Wellness Expo Aug. 19-20 at All Saints Church in Knoxville, where speakers and a number of resources were available to help them. Christine …

A letter about St. Paul and the Philippians

Young student Elena Crace wins national essay contest through the Catholic Textbook Project By Dan McWilliams Elena Crace of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville recently won a national history essay contest through the Catholic Textbook Project with an entry about St. Paul. Students in Catholic schools and homeschools could participate …

Bishop installs Father Velez as pastor of St. Patrick

The priest’s mother and sister from Colombia attend the Mass, which comes ‘as a surprise for them’  By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Miguel Velez as pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Morristown on June 26, and there were two special guests on hand to witness it. …

Sacred Heart Cathedral School honors three students

Sacred Heart Cathedral School celebrated a few special honors for students at the end of morning Mass on May 22, and Minnesota Vikings safety and SHCS alum Harrison Smith was on hand to present the scholarship award named after him. “This time of year we celebrate a lot of wonderful …

Building the mother church

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus community witnessed one of its brightest days April 19 as ground was broken on a new $25 million cathedral to replace the 59-year-old structure that has been the home church for the Diocese of Knoxville since 1988. Groundbreaking festivities fell on Cardinal …

KCHS holds academic signing day

Athletes receive plenty of attention on signing days throughout the school year, but on May 5 Knoxville Catholic High School turned the spotlight on more than a dozen academic standouts by giving them their own signing day. Thirteen KCHS students who received full-ride scholarships were recognized in a ceremony in …