Basilica rosary prayed in response to St. Stephen vandalism

Parishioners from the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Stephen Church gathered on Sunday, July 19, in front of the basilica’s Marian Grotto to pray the rosary in reparation for sins against holy things. The rosary was in response to recent vandalism and arson of churches and statues …

Faithful to the Mission

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, reflects on her time establishing St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker Sister Mariana Koonce arrived in Knoxville in the fall of 2012, having recently taken her temporary vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. As she has …

Sacrifice and Sacrament

The Mass is Christ’s perfect sacrifice of adoration, thanksgiving, atonement, and petition By Bishop Richard F. Stika Purpose is what gives personal meaning to any endeavor and helps to creatively form and direct our heart’s energy. Without it, things become confused, and we lose enthusiasm and commitment. So it is …

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The Cuzco Legacy

Children of Catholic art genre carrying on the family tradition Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer When Clorinda Galdos Bell presses her intricately woven paint brush against a canvas, she’s illustrating her faith for all to see. It’s her vocation, her charism, her ministry. Will it be her …

Bishop Stika joins call for prayers and support to help Beirut after explosion

Bishop Richard F. Stika joins with all bishops of the United States in a stand of solidarity with the people of Lebanon following the devastating explosion in Beirut Aug. 4 that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands more. The tragedy is even more personal for Bishop Stika, who …

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Wave of Church vandalism strikes East Tennessee

Chattanooga parish joins growing list of U.S. church properties damaged by hate acts      By The East Tennessee Catholic/Catholic News Service As increasing incidents of vandalism against Church properties are reported across the country, St. Stephen Parish in Chattanooga has sadly found it was not immune. A 5-foot-tall outdoor statue …

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Diocese of Knoxville among organizations receiving PPP loans

The East Tennessee Catholic staff The Diocese of Knoxville is among thousands of U.S. for-profit and nonprofit organizations that participated in the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that has kept diocesan churches open and vital ministries that assist the public operating. The PPP, as it’s commonly referred to, is …

Chattanooga parishes rally behind world rosary

Virgin of the Poor Shrine in New Hope is site of global relay to pray for the gift of priesthood                     By Janice Fritz-Ryken Stifling heat and rain showers did not diminish the devotions of nearly 50 parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville who recently made the trek to a small …

Matthew Donahue ordained to the transitional diaconate

Bishop Stika elevates the seminarian to holy orders, calling him a ‘gift from God’ for the diocese                  By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika said in his homily, the name Matthew means “gift from God,” and he added that’s what the Diocese of Knoxville is receiving in newly …

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec, former shepherd of Buffalo, Nashville dies

By Catholic News Service Retired Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of Buffalo, the diocese’s 13th bishop, died peacefully July 11 following a brief illness. He was 84. Bishop Kmiec had been in declining health during the past several months, the diocese said in a July 12 statement. “We commend to our …

Examining the Books of Moses—the Pentateuch

The first five books of the Old Testament are sacred in both the Jewish and the Christian traditions By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Having given a preliminary sketch of the sections of the Old Testament, in this article I expand on the Books of Moses, also known as the …