New safe environment program replaces VIRTUS training

The Diocese of Knoxville is introducing a new safe environment program for the protection of children and vulnerable adults that will apply to all diocesan volunteers and employees. Effective July 1, the diocese has implemented the CMG Connect online platform to administer the safe environment program, which replaces the VIRTUS …

God’s work and ours

We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us By Bishop Richard F. Stika  We glorify God through the work Christ accomplishes in us and through us in the world about us Father…, I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the …

Caroline Carlin named principal of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School

Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Chattanooga had to look no farther than its faculty to find its next principal. Caroline Carlin, who joined the OLPH faculty in the summer of 2019 as academic dean, was named principal to begin the 2020-21 academic year. She succeeds Paul Jette, who …

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New Media’s Role in the New Evangelization

Catholic community increasingly relies on technology during the pandemic By Emily Booker Photography by Stephanie Richer “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.’”— Matthew 16:15. When you first hear the word “evangelization,” what do you picture? Maybe a minister preaching on …

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Keeping the needy fed during the pandemic

Diocese of Knoxville parishes and organization live out Christ’s message to feed the hungry By Dan McWilliams Feeding the hungry is among the most basic of the corporal works of mercy, and several Catholic food pantries around the Diocese of Knoxville are doing just that. For some pantries, the coronavirus …

Deacon Forsythe appointed to lead two ministries

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Deacon Al Forsythe has been appointed the new director of the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment and program and development manager for the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Deacon Forsythe was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2016 and …

John Deinhart accepts position with NPH-USA

John Deinhart, director of stewardship and strategic planning for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2012, will be leaving his role in the diocese to answer a personal call of the Holy Spirit to lead NPH-USA as its new president and CEO. Bishop Richard F. Stika made the announcement in an …

Writer’s block

Christ offers words of wisdom when we’re at a loss over the current state of affairs By George Valadie I have no words. And I’m really, really sad about it. If you write for this publication — or any publication — and your goal is to say something that you …

Giving to God and neighbor

To truly ‘live our Mass,’ it must be the fruit of our offering to God that we share with others By Bishop Richard F. Stika “How blessed the people who know your praise…, who find their joy every day in your name, who make your justice their joyful acclaim” — …

High school seniors reflect on an unusual year

The coronavirus forced them to finish their learning at home and miss proms and other events By Dan McWilliams The coronavirus pandemic brought attending school to an early end this spring, and the impact may have been felt most by high school seniors. Diocese of Knoxville seniors Sarah Eiselstein and …

 Basilica joins list of churches adding weekly Latin Masses

Bishop supports regular extraordinary form celebrations for Chattanooga, warns against illicit Masses outside of Church Bishop Richard F. Stika, working with Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul rector Father David Carter, has authorized the addition of a traditional Latin Mass to the Basilica’s regular Sunday Mass schedule on a weekly …