Chattanooga judge clears way for exhumation of Fr. Ryan remains

Chancellor rules Diocese of Knoxville has authority to relocate priest’s body as part of sainthood cause                   By Bill Brewer A Hamilton County Chancery Court has given the Diocese of Knoxville permission to exhume the remains of Father Patrick J. Ryan from Chattanooga’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, which allows the priest’s cause …

Paulist Fathers mark bicentennial of founder Fr. Isaac Hecker

Immaculate Conception, St. John XXIII schedule events to celebrate as cause for sainthood moves forward                  By Bill Brewer The Paulist Fathers at Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII parishes are marking the bicentennial of founder Father Isaac Hecker’s birth with a number of events as the Paulist priest’s cause …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Marian Ruede

Sister of Charity was longtime pastoral associate in Diocese of Knoxville By Dan McWilliams Sister Marian Ruede, SC, formerly a longtime pastoral associate at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland, passed away Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the age of 88 in the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse at Mother …

Capturing time in a capsule

St. Mary-Oak Ridge ends 75th-anniversary year with a historical nod to parish’s next generation         By Dan McWilliams Parishioners of St. Mary in Oak Ridge in 2043 will learn what life was like in 2018 when they open up a time capsule left by students and members of the parish …

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Fr. Jacques Philippe to lead diocesan retreat, conferences

By Bill Brewer Peace. Father Jacques Philippe, an internationally renowned author and speaker who will lead a spiritual retreat and conferences for the Diocese of Knoxville Feb. 28-March 4 at All Saints Church and the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, sees that simple yet complex word as …

St. Mary in Athens celebrates golden anniversary

Bishop Stika calls the active parish in McMinn County ‘a bright star in the history of our diocese’                      By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Parish in Athens, which originally celebrated Mass in a funeral-home chapel, marked its 50th anniversary last fall in its modern building on Madison Avenue. Bishop Richard F. …

Keegan Smith wins two nationals, regional

Standout runner Keegan Smith, a sixth-grader at Sacred Heart Cathedral School, added to his winnings two national titles and a regional crown, all on consecutive weekends last fall. Keegan, who is 12 years old, finished first in the Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championships held Nov. 17 at Tom Sawyer …

Honors continue for KCHS’s Jake Renfree

Knoxville Catholic High School senior state cross country champion Jake Renfree was named to Team USA Track & Field and competed in the Junior Co-Ed Relay in central Scotland on Jan. 12, earning a silver medal. On Jan.19, Jake was invited to run in the Virginia Showcase at Liberty University …

Hospital community recognizes Mercy Sisters

Before St. Mary’s closes for good, staffers say goodbye to the community that founded the medical center        By Dan McWilliams The St. Mary’s Hospital community bid a formal farewell to the Sisters of Mercy at an appreciation reception for them Dec. 16, only 12 days before the 88-year-old North …

He dwells among us: Dignity of the journey

The Church offers beautiful teachings to assist us in making difficult medical decisions By Bishop Richard F. Stika How precious in the eyes of the Lord is the death of His faithful. –Psalm 116:15 “The person in affliction is sacred.” This ancient proverb speaks to a beautiful truth that the …

Priest from Poland joins diocese to lead Masses for Polish community

Father Marcin “Martin” Gladysz has joined the priest staff at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish. Father Gladysz arrived in Knoxville over the holidays and began serving at Sacred Heart on Jan. 7. Bishop Richard F. Stika announced that Father Gladysz will begin celebrating monthly Mass …