The season of reflection

Advent, Christmas are the times of the year to think about the presence of Christ among us, especially in the Eucharist By Bob Hunt Advent and Christmas seasons are times for reflecting on the presence of Christ among us. During Advent, we prepare for the solemnity of the Incarnation by …

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Called to be mothers of Christ

Christ longs to be conceived in our heart and to be given birth in all we do, think, and say By Bishop Richard F. Stika “She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus.” — Matthew 1:21 Recently, I was shown an icon of the Nativity of …

Bishop Stika represents diocese on papal ad limina visit

Pope Francis receives bishops of Southeast provinces for decennial meeting in Vatican By Jim Wogan The last time Bishop Richard F. Stika visited the Vatican, he carried a 20-pound slab of polished Tennessee marble with him. Even the bishop admits it was a bit cumbersome. The stone, which was blessed …

Advent penance services scheduled around the diocese

Below are the Advent penance services around the diocese, received as of press time: Chattanooga Deanery 7 p.m. EST, unless noted. Dec. 2—St. Bridget, Dayton, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 4—Holy Spirit, Soddy-Daisy Dec. 5—Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga, 6 p.m. Dec. 8—St. Augustine, Signal Mountain, 5 p.m. Dec. 10—St. Jude, …

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Ecumenical evangelization

Brother Craig Digmann is a modern-day circuit-rider for the Catholic Church By Dan McWilliams Photos by Stephanie Richer and Dan McWilliams In Hancock County, everybody knows Brother Craig Digmann. Well, it sure seems that way. Now in his fourth year of his self-described Catholic Presence Ministry in the East Tennessee …

Father Emmanuel Callahan – The original circuit-riding priest of East Tennessee

By Dan McWilliams Photos Courtesy of Diocese of Knoxville Archives Brother Craig Digmann has a spiritual ancestor in the faith: Father Emmanuel Callahan. While the  Glenmary brother brings the Church to the lost and forgotten areas of Hancock County, Father Callahan did the same for 34 counties in East Tennessee …

What are the odds?

Supporting Catholic schools is a good way to close the separation gap By George Valadie They call it “six degrees of separation.” I don’t know if it’s actually true, nor do I care to spend any time testing the theory, but I like the idea. It makes me feel better …

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Given up for you

God calls us to be good stewards of all creation, and it begins with being thankful By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord. Praise and exalt Him above all forever. …” So begins the beautiful Canticle of Daniel (3:57-88, 56) that the Church …

Seminarians learning that priestly vocation is a bilingual one

Students spending summers between seminary terms mastering the Spanish language ahead of ordination By Bill Brewer Pase la sal y la pimienta por favor. Chances are Robbie Bauman, Joseph Austin, Andrew Crabtree, and Neil Blatchford recognized the request and passed the salt and pepper. Lunch at St. Meinrad Seminary is …

A family’s ‘beautifully tragic story’

Peppermans rely on faith as they remember the husband and father who died saving their lives            By Bill Brewer The love of a close-knit family is among the strongest bonds—strong enough to withstand even the grip of a hurricane-strength rip current. Julie Pepperman is thankful for family. She wouldn’t be …

St. Henry Parish celebrates two milestones

The Rogersville community marks its 55th anniversary and burns a mortgage at the same Mass By Dan McWilliams St. Henry Parish found itself with two things to celebrate July 28. The Rogersville Catholic community marked its 55th anniversary during the Sunday morning Mass, and it concluded the liturgy with a …

Mercy Sister Mary Lillian Heitzeberg dies

Sister Mary Lillian Heitzeberg, 97, who was a member of the Sisters of Mercy for 79 years and taught in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Nashville and Tennessee, died on July 9 at Mercy Convent in Nashville. Sister Lillian was born June 6, 1922, in Nashville, the daughter of …