Funeral Mass held for former St. Elizabeth pastor Fr. Steve Smith

By Dan McWilliams Dominican Father Steve Smith, who served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Elizabethton from 1989 to 2000, died April 4 in New Orleans. He was 86. Steve Kieran Smith was born in New York City on May 7, 1931. He entered the Dominican novitiate for the …

KCHS names new girls basketball head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on May 15 announced Freeman Pinkney as the new head coach for the Lady Irish basketball program. Mr. Pinkney, originally from Clarksville, played collegiately at Walters State and Bethel University. After earning his degree, he spent two years playing basketball professionally in Mexico and for several …

SJNS ‘Tiny Saints’ commissioned to serve

The St. John Neumann School St. Vincent de Paul Youth Ministry celebrated its commissioning ceremony on April 26 at the all-school Mass. “The Tiny Saints,” a SVDP Youth Conference, has been established at SJN, and 44 students participated in the celebration as they became official lifetime members of the St. …

Courage/EnCourage chapters begin in diocese

By Emily Booker For practicing Catholics who struggle with same-sex attractions, it can be difficult to feel at home within the Church. Courage International is an apostolate of the Catholic Church that offers support and fellowship to men and women experiencing same-sex attractions who choose to live a chaste life. …

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Praying for perspective: Heroes of the ages

Who do you identify with? Your answer may surprise you By George Valadie A few years ago, I attended a principals conference for more than 100 school leaders, a mixture of young and old, white and black, Catholic, private, public. The conference facilitator opened by grouping us by our age, …

He dwells among us: Come Creator Spirit

Beautiful hymn also serves as a prayer to the Giver of Life, who makes all things new By Bishop Richard F. Stika The Easter season that culminates with Pentecost Sunday, which this year falls on May 20, is a season also for the celebration of the sacrament of confirmation. As …

Opening the Doors of Mercy

Priests, parishioners respond to immigrants in need after raid separates families Story and photography by Jim Wogan The ongoing and complicated issue of Latin American immigration in the United States hit the Diocese of Knoxville on April 5 when federal agents raided a slaughterhouse in Grainger County and arrested nearly …

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Catholic veterans post helps vets with ‘anything’

Post 1973 at Our Lady of Fatima assists vets in a variety of projects, including food drives and flag-retirement ceremonies By Bill Brewer Deacon Ken Long spends each Tuesday giving Communion to a small group of men he barely knows but shares much in common. He’s a veteran helping other …

Old cathedral hosts its final rites of election

More than 200 catechumens and candidates take part in the first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies this year By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika presided as the final rites of election were held in the old Sacred Heart Cathedral in February. The first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies will move to the new Cathedral of the Most …

Knights Cup Lacrosse event features NCAA action

Host Knoxville Catholic High School is one of many teams taking the field at this year’s third annual tournament By Dan McWilliams The third annual Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament, featuring the debut of NCAA lacrosse in the city, will be held on Saturday, April 21, at Knoxville Catholic High School’s …