Fall RCIA conference takes leaders ‘back to basics’ of faith

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville strive to form and retain new Catholics                    By Gabrielle Nolan Parish coordinators for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults in the Diocese of Knoxville gathered recently for a day-long conference on learning ways to strengthen the Church through RCIA. “I see the …

Making a job connection

Ladies of Charity host employment event for Knoxville-area men and women in recovery               By Gabrielle Nolan Local community leaders are working hard to help men and women in recovery from substance abuse by connecting them to life-changing employment. The Community Resource and Employment Event was hosted at Ladies of …

‘I never lost my faith’

Belief of St. John Neumann parishioner and author is strengthened by 19 cancer diagnoses By Bill Brewer Steve Dekanich probably should not be here. But by God’s grace and healing, a fierce determination, and some good doctors, the parishioner of St. John Neumann in Farragut is not only here, he …

Funeral Mass for Deacon Tom McConnell held at basilica

Retired Army colonel, Junior ROTC leader served at Sts. Peter and Paul in many ways By The East Tennessee Catholic A funeral Mass for Deacon Tom McConnell, who served at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, was held Oct. 9 at the basilica, with basilica rector Father David Carter …

40 Days for Life fall campaign underway in over 1,000 cities

Diocese of Knoxville joins rest of the country in prayerful vigil for the victims of abortion       By Catholic News Service The national 40 Days for Life organization launched its fall campaign Sept. 22, with volunteers in over 1,000 cities across the country planning to pray, fast, and hold vigils outside …

Diocese to begin new deacon class in 2022

Prospective candidates for permanent diaconate can attend inquiry sessions beginning in January By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville will be starting a new class of permanent deacons in 2022 and is now reaching out to Catholic men interested in joining the clergy. The diocesan Office of the Diaconate and …

St. Joseph School community mourns loss of beloved member

Alvin Ault, a gentle jokester who ‘always had a twinkle in his eye,’ killed in accident at his home near campus           By Bill Brewer The St. Joseph School community is mourning the loss of a valued member whose spirit and devotion to the school lifted students, faculty, and parents …

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 St. Thérèse of Lisieux director of music retiring

Jane Hubbard is stepping down after more than 30 years of leading musicians at the Cleveland parish    By Dan McWilliams Jane Hubbard has served as the director of music at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland for more than 30 years, after being a longtime pro-life advocate, but she …

Mission, values continue to drive success for CHI Memorial

East Tennessee’s only Catholic hospital is growing, building new medical center in North Georgia         By Claire Collins CHI Memorial, East Tennessee’s only Catholic hospital located in Chattanooga, is making good on a promise to bring the best care to the people of North Georgia through the building of a …

OLPH School in Chattanooga installs SmartLab classroom

When Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga opened its doors in August, students found a new learning experience waiting for them. That’s because OLPH has added a special kind of classroom called a “SmartLab.” “The SmartLab is a state-of-the-art classroom called a STEM center [for Science, Technology, Engineering …

St. Jude parishioner Eric Pelton invested into Order of the Fleur de Lis

Eric J. Pelton of Hixson was invested into the Order of the Fleur de Lis in Memphis on Aug. 28. The Order of the Fleur de Lis is an organization of Catholic men incorporated under the laws of the state of Louisiana as a not-for-profit organization. The order’s domain is …