Diocesan seminarians receive the ministry of acolyte

Eighteen priesthood students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., including three from the Diocese of Knoxville, received the ministry of acolyte on Feb. 18, in the seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. The seminarians receiving the ministry from the Diocese of Knoxville were Joseph Austin, …

Fr. Donahue installed as Immaculate Conception pastor

Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville on March 7. Father Donahue previously served in the diocese as pastor of St. John XXIII Parish on the University of Tennessee campus. During that time, he also served as a police chaplain. …

Kenneth Wandera ordained to the priesthood

Three Glenmary Home Missioners were ordained to the priesthood on March 20 by Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, including Father Kenneth Wandera, who is from Kenya and is serving as an associate pastor at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Erwin. Joining Father Wandera in the …

Imparting the Holy Spirit

Bishop Stika presides at 13th Chrism Mass serving as the shepherd of the Church in East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika has celebrated a baker’s dozen Chrism Masses, and in the latest one March 30 he thanked his brother priests numerous times for their service to East …

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Life and hope

Many are the struggles and disappointments in life, but with Christ our Great Hope we triumph By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In God alone be at rest, my soul, for my hope is from Him.” — Psalm 62:6 As I prepare this column, it is Holy Week, and by happy …

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Each Eucharist is a promise of eternal life

The Church, in her prayers, professes her faith in the Eucharist as the whole saving action of Christ by Bob Hunt The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. . . . For in the blessed Eucharist is contained …

The resurrection and the Gospels: apostolic eyewitnesses

The Apostles realized that the risen Jesus’ humanity was changed, but He was the same person by Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM The readings during the Easter season, especially during the octave of Easter, the eight days from Easter Sunday to Divine Mercy Sunday, go through several apparitions of the …

Fr. Imbarrato’s mobile ministry to end abortion makes its way to diocese

Holy Trinity Parish hosts noted priest during 40 Days for Life; rosaries at clinics prayed By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville parishioners keeping prayerful vigil during the 40 Days for Life ministry received an unexpected grace in March when Father Stephen Imbarrato, a national pro-life activist and speaker, brought his …

Dunn named Tennessee Right to Life president

The Tennessee Right to Life board of directors has elected Stacy Dunn as its new president, which was effective on March 1. Mrs. Dunn, who is a member of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville, succeeds Brian Harris, who resigned Dec. 31. Mrs. Dunn has been involved with Tennessee Right to …

Let the light of Christ shine through all that we do

The Tennessee Register The Catholic Church’s liturgical year reaches its high point during Holy Week and Easter with our celebration of Christ’s passion and resurrection, His sacrifice and victory over death that opened the path to eternal salvation for all. It is the glory of Easter and Christ’s redemptive love …

St. Joseph: a man of faith that moves mountains

The Scriptures’ ‘silent man’ did what the Lord commanded without hesitation By Leila S. al-Imad, Ph.D. The silent man of the Scriptures, but one of the most influential characters of the New Testament. His strength and power come from his acceptance without reluctance the command given to him in a …

Emma on meatless Fridays: ‘I didn’t sign up for that!’

A grandchild’s statement spurs thinking on a number of things we ‘didn’t sign up for’ By George Valadie I wasn’t the first to say it, certainly wasn’t the first to think it. But I wish I had. Because I’ve repeated it often. “If we had known grandkids were this great, …