Friends and Eminences

Cardinals Rigali, Levada followed similar Church paths By Jim Wogan The death of Cardinal William J. Levada means the loss of a friend to the Diocese of Knoxville, where Cardinal Levada had visited because of his long friendship with Cardinal Justin Rigali. Cardinal Levada, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for …

St. Dominic School students maintaining a Wildlife Federation-certified garden

By Alyssa Nuehoff There are numerous headlines in the news each week about the state of the environment, the need to plant more trees, and the necessity of increasing sustainability. While most articles seem to be negative, pushing fault on people across the earth, there are the occasional ones that …

Alumnus gives NDHS two $500,000 gifts

Notre Dame High School president George Valadie announced Aug. 27 that the school has received two significant gifts: a $500,000 restricted gift to not only complete the final three phases of renovation in the school’s theater/auditorium but also to provide for multiple needs in other curricular and capital areas, as …

We are part of the communion of saints even now

It is our identity as baptized members of the Body of Christ that makes us saints By Bob Hunt I want to be a saint. I don’t say that with any arrogance, much less with any presumption that my canonization will be imminent upon my death. Still, I do say …

A Knights of Columbus homecoming

Immaculate Conception Parish welcomes back Michael McCusker, new state deputy for the Knights By Bill Brewer There was a homecoming on July 26 for Michael McCusker. As the new state deputy of the Tennessee Knights of Columbus took his place at the lectern inside Immaculate Conception Church, he surveyed the …

The occult disposes us to Satan

The rise in interest in things mystical is symptomatic of the loss of faith in God By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM What is occultism, and why is it becoming such a popular topic today? Is it the same as black magic? Is it astrology? Is it all of the …

Holy Spirit is remembering the past to build on its future

Bishop Stika joins Msgr. Humbrecht, Fr. Creson, Fr. Glennon to celebrate parish’s 20th anniversary By Bill Brewer Holy Spirit is thriving … because of the Holy Spirit. As the parish in Soddy-Daisy marked its 20th anniversary this year, Bishop Richard F. Stika joined Holy Spirit pastor Monsignor Al Humbrecht, founding …

Chilling words: ‘You know neither the day nor the hour’

Some Sundays the Gospel can be terrifying, such as when Christ reminds us to be ready for our own death By George Valadie I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m willing to bet that—for at least a few of us—what we know about the words of Christ has come to …

Guns and roses

The Church’s spiritual weapon of choice to combat the evil of our times is the rosary By Bishop Richard F. Stika Mary treasured all these things and reflected on them in her heart. — Luke 2:19 As intense debate continues on the question of banning weapons—be they handguns, assault rifles, …

Nashville Dominican Sisters profess final vows

One of those sisters taught at St. Mary-Oak Ridge, while another from Sacred Heart made her first vows    By Dan McWilliams Two Dominican Sisters with East Tennessee ties reached important milestones over the summer. Sister Anna Ruth Wilson was among eight Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation to make their …

 St. Teresa provides prayerful response to gun violence with vigil

Union County faith community shares emotional testimonials as Fr. Pawelk calls for a spiritual solution By Dan McWilliams St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville hosted a vigil on gun violence Aug. 13, an event prompted by the recent deadly shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. Glenmary Father …

 God is all in –– are we?

The cost of discipleship is one we are all called on to cover By Bill Brewer Father Chris Michelson hopes his lesson to students active in the Diocese of Knoxville’s youth ministry didn’t fall on apathetic ears during his homily for the annual Diocesan Youth Mass on Sept. 15. His …