Fishers of Men

Retreat follows Jesus’ lead in teaching good shepherding lessons Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephen Golder and Robb Morris Sts. Peter and Andrew probably would have caught their limit on East Tennessee’s Hiwassee River the weekend of July 21. Father David Boettner and Robb Morris would have seen to …

The Melchizetrek: Keeping it real

God is present everywhere as priests, young men brave the elements to discern a vocation Story by Bill Brewer Photography courtesy of Father David Carter and Father Michael Hendershott When young men are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, priests pray for the intercession of the Holy Spirit to give …

Praying for perspective: Frogs make the heart grow fonder

A spouse’s absence can be a nearly unpardonable offense By George Valadie Well, I’ve discovered one really good thing. I know she can’t live without me … I think. I’ve known for a few years that she’s needed me — or someone — to operate the remotes. But now it’s …

Climb for the cure

Stiles brothers climbing part of Mount Everest to promote awareness for a multiple myeloma cure By Dan McWilliams Two brothers who graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School and now work together for the Knoxville Police Department (KPD) are climbing to Mount Everest’s base camp in October to raise funds for …

He dwells among us: Justice in 10 words

The relationship that binds all others in love is the key to justice and peace in our world By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Do justice for the weak and the orphan; give justice to the poor and afflicted.” (Psalm 82:3) There are so many cries today for justice and so …

Theology 101: What do you say when…

My brother says he feels closer to God on a fishing trip than in church? By Doug Culp Question: My brother says he feels closer to God when he’s out on a fishing trip than he does in a church, and doesn’t see why he should bother going to Mass. …

NFL’s Smith duo holds fourth annual youth camp at KCHS

By Dan McWilliams The fourth annual Smith and Smith Catholic Football Camp at Knoxville Catholic High School on July 12 and 13 gave more than 250 youngsters a chance to learn gridiron skills from NFL players Harrison Smith and Lee Smith and KCHS coaching staffers. Harrison Smith, a KCHS graduate …

Renfree, KCHS girls team capture state track titles

By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Catholic High School boys and girls track teams again produced state champions in the large class at this year’s state meet in Murfreesboro in May. Jake Renfree, a runner-up to teammate Georde Goodwyn in last year’s 1,600-meter run finals, captured the state title in the …

Marriage Enrichment: Making eye contact makes all the difference

‘It’s hard for people to see the face of Jesus in our or see Jesus in others if we never look directly at them’ By Marian Christiana Summer is not even over yet, but, so far, this one has been a doozy! My husband, Ralph, and I have had a …

Praying for Perspective: Pope Francis offers hope after death of a pet

A family believes ‘that if we ourselves ever get to heaven, we’ll get to see him, pet him—and feed him—again’ By George Valadie Thank goodness for Pope Francis! The woman would have crawled up in a hole and died herself if the man hadn’t offered her the hope she so …

Bishop leads Corpus Christi procession at Sacred Heart

By Dan McWilliams Rain stopped in time for the diocese to have its first Corpus Christi procession at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided on the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Rainfall that …

Hundreds of teens meet in Knox for Alive in You camp

The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus hosts 350 young people and their chaperones for a week of work and worship By Emily Booker In June, hundreds of teenagers from across the country packed their bags, loaded buses and vans, and left home for a week-long mission trip. …