God’s joy is abundant as KDCCW holds annual convention in Oak Ridge

Fr. Dan Whitman, keynote speaker Kelly Wahlquist encourage diocesan women to be God’s joyful witness to the world By Emily Booker Reflecting God’s Joy was the theme of the Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 30th annual convention, and joy was visible among the women attending. The convention was held …

Brother priests who became military chaplains reunited in burial ceremony

Fathers Robert and Frank Brett now laid to rest together in Arlington National Cemetery           By Dennis Sadowski/Catholic News Service Amid the pomp and ceremony that marks a military burial, Father Francis Brett was reunited after more than 50 years with his younger priest brother at Arlington National Cemetery. The former …

AI expert Dr. Kai-Fu Lee returns to alma mater

St. Mary-Oak Ridge honors the internationally known venture capitalist and author at a school assembly  By Dan McWilliams What a difference a sister can make in the life of one of her students. Before he became the internationally known venture capitalist, artificial-intelligence expert, and bestselling author that he is today, …

Notre Dame High School announces Laura Swenson as its new academic dean

Notre Dame High School president George Valadie has named Laura M. Swenson as the school’s new dean of academic affairs effective July 1. “You don’t have to spend very much time with Laura before you’re caught up in her enthusiasm for young people, her fellow teachers, and the idea of …

That look and smell

Neophytes are sent forth with a fresh perspective to share their newfound faith with the masses By Bill Brewer “Do you all smell?” And with that risky query that begs a certain amount of self-awareness among those being questioned, Bishop Richard F. Stika sent the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest members …

Sacred heart

Exposition of relic of St. Jean Vianney, patron saint of priests, draws faithful from across Diocese of Knoxville       By Bill Brewer St. Jean Vianney is just what the faithful ordered. Well, it was actually the Knights of Columbus and Bishop Richard F. Stika who arranged for the incorrupt heart of …

He dwells among us: Intoxicating joy

What a different world it would be if Catholics lived with the joy of the new wine By Bishop Richard F. Stika They have had too much new wine. — Acts 2:13 The mocking reaction of some toward the Apostles following the descent of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost speaks …

Br. Silas Henderson, SDS, named executive director of Tucson-based Jordan Ministry Team

Brother Silas Henderson, a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (the “Salvatorians”) was named April 8 the executive director of the Jordan Ministry Team, a collaborative initiative of the Salvatorian Family of priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members. The Jordan Ministry Team was established by the Salvatorians to …

Human Life Protection Act becomes state law after much debate

Gov. Bill Lee on May 10 signed the Human Life Protection Act into law, which poises the state to immediately restore protective pro-life statutes in the event the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision making abortion legal in every state is reversed. The new law marks a shift in pro-life …

Bishop Stika ordains priests for Glenmary Home Missioners

Father Aketch, Father Toboso will serve in dioceses of Knoxville and Nashville for the Cincinnati-based religious order      By John Stegeman Bishop Richard F. Stika added two men to the ranks of the holy priesthood on April 27, priests whose first assignments for the Glenmary Home Missioners will be in …

Glenmary Home Missioners elect new leadership team

Father Dan Dorsey, 68, was elected president of Glenmary Home Missioners during the society’s Chapter of Elections May 6-10 at St. Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, Ind. Glenmary’s president leads a three-person executive council consisting of himself and two vice presidents. Elected to serve with Father Dorsey were Father Aaron …