Diocese of Knoxville reaches settlement in lawsuit

As an act of pastoral outreach and without admitting wrongdoing, the Diocese of Knoxville has agreed to a request by Mr. Michael Boyd for a financial settlement of the lawsuit he fi led against the diocese in July 2019. The diocese has throughout denied the validity of the claim. However, …

A long day in a surgical waiting room

Moments of boredom and moments of action—and worry— fill a morning and an afternoon By George Valadie Jan. 14, 2020, 9:30 a.m.—The premise for this column has been my belief that life throws occasional craziness at us, and often our response is even crazier. So rethinking our perspective—or praying for …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Sister Adrian Hofstetter, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Adrian Marie Hofstetter, OP, died Jan. 9 at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Ky. She is survived by one brother, Monsignor Bob Hofstetter, pastor of Good Shepherd Church in Newport, and several nieces and nephews. Sister Adrian, 100, who was a Dominican for 76 years …

Judge Susano retiring from Tennessee Court of Appeals

After more than 25 years of service, Tennessee’s longest serving state appellate judge, Charles D. Susano Jr., has announced he will retire from the bench effective April 30. Judge Susano is a longtime parishioner of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. In a letter to …

Notre Dame boys bowling team knocks down state championship in Division II

The Notre Dame High School boys bowling team captured the Division II state championship Jan. 25 with an 18-9 win over Christian Brothers in the finals at Smyrna Bowling Center. The Fighting Irish held a 3,464-3,233 pin-fall advantage over the Memphis team, including a whopping 1,267-1,056 win in game three …

‘Humbled and blessed’

Father Steve Pawelk exits East Tennessee for new Glenmary assignment after building Catholic communities in Union, Grainger counties By Bill Brewer As Father Steve Pawelk packed his belongings, mementos, and memories from eight years of ministry in East Tennessee, the Glenmary Home Missioners priest couldn’t help but reflect on the …

#iGiveCatholic is a success

$62,000 raised in 24-hour campaign By Emily Booker Hundreds of people “gave Catholic” on Giving Tuesday as 22 parishes, schools, and ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville received $62,871 through the online #iGiveCatholic campaign. As part of Giving Tuesday, which was Dec. 3, the #iGiveCatholic campaign was started in the …

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Understanding the Mass, Part I

There exists a dire need for a renewed catechesis upon the liturgy and the Eucharist By Bishop Richard F. Stika The Magi “were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary His mother. They prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Then they …

Holding on to Christmas

Wouldn’t it be nice if that special feeling stayed with us all year long? Stop reading. Look up. Over there in the corner. Is your Christmas tree still there? Lights glimmering, ornaments shining, star on top brightening your home? Or is it long gone? Tossed out or packed away with …

Bond of Brothers

Meetings between Pope Francis, Bishop Stika during ad limina visit yield a friendly exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and humor By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika went to the Vatican in early December bearing good news about the Diocese of Knoxville, and despite a schedule that can best be …

Discerning the permanent diaconate

Bishop Stika presides at the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders for the next class of deacons By Dan McWilliams Twenty-five men, making up the diocese’s incoming class of permanent deacons, took a major step in their discernment Oct. 20 as they participated in the Rite of Admission …

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New youth ministries focus on instilling virtue

Fraternus for boys and Fidelis for girls meet weekly at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus By Dan McWilliams Two new ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville have been started for boys and girls in grades six through 12, and each is designed to form the young …