Bishop blesses new field at Knoxville Catholic

The Fighting Irish now have the largest synthetic turf field in the Knoxville area Bishop Richard F. Stika blessed the new synthetic turf field at Knoxville Catholic High School on Aug. 17 before the Fighting Irish’s game against Knoxville Central. The Fighting Irish then gave Hollin Field at Blaine Stadium …

KCHS senior soccer player Culhane signs with University of Tennessee

Kathryn Culhane, a senior at Knoxville Catholic, has made a verbal commitment to continue her soccer career at the collegiate level with the University of Tennessee. She credits her decision to become a Lady Vol to the opportunity to play under the team’s new head coach, Bryan Pensky. “I absolutely …

Donors give diocese 50-acre retreat center

Christ Prince of Peace facility to serve as gathering place for parishioners to learn about faith Anonymous donors have given the Diocese of Knoxville a retreat center located between Benton and Etowah, developed over the past 40 years as the Priory of St. John the Apostle, and 50 acres of …

Growing the diocese — Mission Possible

St. Mary parish life center, new missions, other projects are the face of expansion St. Mary Parish in Athens has come a long way from the late 1960s when parishioners gathered for Mass in a converted funeral parlor and later in a former restaurant on Congress Parkway that served as …

Diocese Acquires Retreat Center in Benton

The Diocese of Knoxville has acquired the Priory of St. John the Apostle retreat center in Benton and 52 acres of property to go with it. The previous owners, who wish to remain anonymous, donated the center to the diocese. Bishop Richard F. Stika signed the papers Aug. 1 to make …

Notre Dame girls tennis team wins state title

The Lady Irish capture the program’s second crown with a 4-3 victory in the finals The Notre Dame High School girls tennis team won the 2012 Class A-AA state title, finishing the season undefeated at 14-0. The title was the second overall for the Lady Irish program, which also won …

Cali seminarian embraces challenges of priestly studies

Arthur Torres Barona served internship at St. Mary in Johnson City Arthur Torres Barona is a Theology III student at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. He recently completed an internship at St. Mary Parish in Johnson City. He is the son of Duvan Torres Gil and …

Diocese of Knoxville’s 40th priest ordained

Dustin Collins, calling ordination a blessing, assigned to St. Mary in Oak Ridge The diocese’s newest priest called his ordination “a very exciting blessing for me in my life after eight years of being a seminarian.” “It’s a blessing to be ordained a priest of God, a priest of the …

NFL’s Vikings take KCHS grad Harrison Smith in first round

Minnesota move ‘just another extension’ of experiences at Sacred Heart, Knox Catholic, Notre Dame Knoxville Catholic High School and University of Notre Dame graduate Harrison Smith is now a Minnesota Viking after the NFL team drafted him April 26 as the 29th overall pick in the first round. Getting the …

Chrism Mass: ‘What a Wonderful Night This Is’

Every seat was filled in Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 3 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated his fourth chrism Mass as the Diocese of Knoxville’s shepherd. “What a wonderful night this is as the Church of East Tennessee gathers from all the different corners together with our priests and …