Pre-Lenten retreat to feature Father Jacques Philippe

Father Jacques Philippe, a world-renowned Catholic author and lecturer who has sold more than 1 million books in 24 languages, will lead a pre-Lenten retreat and conferences in the Diocese of Knoxville Feb. 28-March 4. Father Philippe will give talks on a variety of faith topics, including inner peace, personal …

Finding light in the darkness

St. Anne teacher and mother is on a mission to preserve Levi’s legacy as family grieves son’s death Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Kadee Fillers It has taken for Nicole Hughes to get settled back into her routine at St. Anne Catholic School in Bristol. Pardon her if she …

Diocese delegates to V Encuentro share experience

By Brittany García GRAPEVINE, Texas –– Well, we finally arrived at the culmination of the V Encuentro process: the national gathering of all the U.S. diocesan delegates of the V Encuentro. And what joy it was to take part in this momentous event in the life of the U.S. Catholic …

Coming through in waves

Diocese of Knoxville now using its own TV studio and program, radio broadcast for New Evangelization By Emily Booker Maybe you’re reading while holding a newspaper. Maybe you’re online at your computer or on your phone. The Diocese of Knoxville Office of Communications and Media uses a variety of platforms …

50th parish established in Diocese of Knoxville

St. Michael the Archangel elevated from Catholic mission status; Bishop Stika blesses new building By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika created the Diocese of Knoxville’s 50th parish on Sept. 29 as St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission in Erwin became a canonically established church. The feast of St. Michael …

Ladies of Charity outreach now involves education

Volunteers teaching English as a second language; response to classes has been strong By Bill Brewer The more you know, the more you need to know. So it stands to reason that the more you learn, the more you need to learn. Nowhere is that more apt than at the …

Bishop blesses new addition at St. Joseph School

By Bill Brewer St. Joseph School is marking its continued growth with the opening of a new wing that will serve middle-school students. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at the North Knoxville school Sept. 21 and blessed the addition that opened in August with the new school year. Joining …

St. Mary-Oak Ridge marks 75th anniversary

The parish that was born in the Secret City in the ‘dark, dark hour’ of 1943 celebrates its milestone in style By Dan McWilliams In 1943, at the dawn of Oak Ridge, the Secret City of the Manhattan Project in World War II, a parish was born. Today that parish …

Office of Immigrant Services outgrows CCETN location

Move to larger quarters in Knoxville will allow assistance to more people as workload grows By Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Knoxville location on Sept. 13. With the help of a grant from the Office of Criminal …

KCHS has top National Merit scholars

In October of last year more than 1.6 million students in more than 22,000 high schools took the PSAT. The PSAT serves as the qualifying exam for the National Merit Competition. Knoxville Catholic High School recently announced the following National Merit Semifinalists who finished in the top 1 percent of …

Supreme Court upholds pro-life Amendment 1

U.S. high court refuses to hear pro-abortion challenge of 2014 vote to amend state Constitution By Bill Brewer The United States Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge to Tennessee’s constitutional amendment eliminating the right to an abortion. Pro-life supporters across the state cheered the Oct. 1 decision, …

Uncovering hidden gems

Renovation of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul yields unexpected (and valuable) links to the past By Bill Brewer When you renovate something that is 125 years old, you’re bound to have a few surprises. Restoration work inside the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul has revealed details of original …