A Joyful Witness

How the Bishop’s Appeal transforms lives in the Diocese of Knoxville Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer In early February, Bishop Richard F. Stika’s voice boomed across the Diocese of Knoxville with a message for all parishioners. “It is a joy to be with you on this feast …

We do together what we can’t do alone

Sometimes a corporal work of mercy requires teamwork By George Valadie If you’re a routine reader of this column, then you may recall my wife had some foot surgery not long ago. If you’re not, let me begin by saying that my wife had some foot surgery not long ago. …

Real Presence, Real Friendship

St. John Pail II: The Eucharist is a mystery of presence, the perfect fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to remain with us until the end of the world By Bishop Richard F. Stika “No longer do I call you servants…I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I …

Father Kuzhupil has triple celebration in one day

Bishop Stika installs him as pastor, and the priest celebrates an ordination anniversary and a birthday By Dan McWilliams Father Joseph Kuzhupil, MSFS, of Notre Dame Parish found himself with three things to celebrate Jan. 10. First, Bishop Richard F. Stika was on hand to install him as pastor of …

Living Roman in a Greek world

University of Tennessee is among FOCUS campuses seeing Catholic outreach to sororities and fraternities By Bill Brewer The Fellowship of Catholic University Students is expanding its mission: revolutionizing for Christ the sorority and fraternity culture on college campuses. When FOCUS missionaries first arrived on the University of Tennessee- Knoxville campus …

Basilica moves Hispanic ministries to newer location

Exit from outdated All Saints Academy building places outreach efforts closer to Latino community By Dan McWilliams The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga is cutting ties after more than nine decades with All Saints Academy, its nearby building that has fallen into disrepair after serving the parish …

Debt of gratitude

Norris parishioners welcome Bishop Stika, who celebrates Mass at newly unencumbered St. Joseph By Bill Brewer Debt. Many parishes have it, yet can’t wait to be rid of it. Others without it are grateful on one hand, but on the other wonder what funds from a 30-year note could build. …

Father Julius becomes Citizen Abuh

Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker sworn in as U.S. citizen during Dec. 6 naturalization ceremony in Chattanooga By Bill Brewer Pardon Father Julius Abuh while he brushes up on his Southern drawl. Since becoming a U.S. citizen Dec. 6, the pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville …

Dozens of teens from diocese attend 2019 NCYC

They joined more than 20,000 of their peers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the annual event bringing U.S. youths together A delegation of high school students from across the Diocese of Knoxville joined some 23,000 peers from around the country at the 2019 edition of the National Catholic …

D.C., Knox Marches for Life attract big numbers

Pro-life supporters turn out en masse to voice their positions on the sanctity of life, backing for life legislation By Bill Brewer Marches for Life in Washington, D.C., and Knoxville attracted near-record numbers of supporters this year as pro-life advocates make their voices heard in an important election year. As …

Diocese part of USCCB-led border pastoral encounter

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana leader joins clergy, laity from across U.S. to meet with immigrants, refugees where they are By Emily Booker In the headlines and political discourse, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that immigration and border discussions are about thousands of individuals, each deserving of dignity and care. The plight …

BVM order endows scholarship for Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Sisters taught at site in Chattanooga 1937-2003 By Bill Brewer The Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who have served as teachers in the Diocese of Knoxville, are providing scholarships for students at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga. Cissy West, development director for Our Lady …