He dwells among us: Holy exchange of gifts

As God gathers us to Himself in holy sacrifice, what do we bring to Mass? By Bishop Richard F. Stika “That my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” –Luke 2:19 Trying to find the ideal gift to give a loved one or a friend can …

Sr. Mary Timothea Elliott marks 60 years of consecrated service

Co-foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., is renowned as a Scripture scholar By Dan McWilliams Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, has been a professor in Rome, a retreat leader around the United States, and much more in her six decades of religious life. “In 60 years …

Praying for perspective: Believing in Christmas

The Christ Child inspires children of all ages to keep the faith; good ol’ St. Nick is another story By George Valadie When did it happen to you? I remember as if it were yesterday. I know the place and the time, who was there and who was not. The …

Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Place expands to house more seniors

By Emily Booker Samaritan Place unveiled its larger quarters during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30. The long-anticipated expansion project will allow the program to help more seniors in crisis. “For every single person here who calls Samaritan Place home this is a place of comfort and refuge from life …

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Tennova closing former St. Mary’s Hospital

East Tennessee’s first Catholic medical center to be shuttered Dec. 28, longtime Sisters of Mercy to relocate By Dan McWilliams An 88-year-old tradition will end Dec. 28 when Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville, formerly long known as St. Mary’s Medical Center, will close its doors. The hospital’s owners, …

For our salvation: We are here to fulfill our human nature

Christ restores human nature to the dignity it held before the Fall By Bob Hunt “He who is the “image of the invisible God” is himself the perfect man who has restored in the children of Adam that likeness to God which had been disfigured ever since the first sin. …

Pastoral Juvenil Hispana ministry aims to engage youth

Program leader believes dialogue, diversity can engage and unite young people in the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker A common question in the Church today is “How do we reach young people?” With more young people leaving the Church or growing up without religion, connecting with the next generation …

St. Bridget Church celebrates 50th anniversary

The parish’s church building turns a half-century old as nearly 400 join Bishop Stika at Mass By Dan McWilliams St. Bridget Parish in Dayton on Oct. 14 celebrated the 50th anniversary of its church building, a structure close to the heart of late Nashville Bishop and Dayton native Joseph A. …

Bishop Stika presides as 51 couples renew their wedding vows

Husbands, wives share colorful stories at Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Mass By Bill Brewer David and Martha Yoro can stand out in a crowd. At least they did on Oct. 13 when they renewed their wedding vows during the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual marriage Mass celebrated …

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Diocese of Nashville publishes names of priests accused of abusing minors

By the Tennessee Register The Diocese of Nashville, as part of its ongoing commitment to transparency, accountability, and pastoral care, is publishing the names of the 13 former priests who served in the diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor. Of the 13, eight are dead and …

Sr. Mary Martha Naber celebrates 6th decade of healing ministry

Knox native has devoted her consecrated life to extending Jesus’ compassion and caring to people in East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams Sister Mary Martha Naber, RSM, mission representative at Physicians Regional Medical Center (the former St. Mary’s Medical Center), couldn’t help but be influenced by the Sisters of Mercy as …

Arguing for the existence of God

The perfection of nature indicates how much more perfect He himself must be by Josie Boder One can argue for the existence of God, of goodness, of forgiveness for days on end with arbitrary purpose and forgotten necessity. Too often, life enslaves our minds and tethers us too close to …