Diocese’s newest deacons answer the call

Journey to the permanent diaconate proves very rewarding By Emily Booker It has been a long time journey for the men recently ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville. Discerning the call from God, preparing for ordination, and balancing family and Church obligations take a lot of …

Holy Trinity funeral Mass held for parishioner Johna Morvant

By Emily Booker In times of tragedy and loss, Eastertide can be a reminder that death, though painful, is not an end. Johna J. Morvant, 49, died April 4 in a helicopter accident in Pigeon Forge along with her daughter, Peyton Rasmussen, 22; her son, Parker Rasmussen, 18; her daughter’s …

St. Mary Parish earns national recognition for energy conservation

Johnson City church wins Cool Congregation Challenge by Interfaith Power & Light By Emily Booker A commitment to the caring and conservation of creation has earned St. Mary Parish in Johnson City national honors. Interfaith Power & Light recently named St. Mary as its 2015 Energy Saver Winner in its …

Knights honor East Tennessee agencies for their nonprofit work

By Emily Booker Local charities received much-earned recognition and support for their work when the Knights of Columbus Council 12633 honored 20 agencies at a dinner on May 16 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Don Hoyle, grand knight for the council, and Father Doug Owens, pastor …

Students share a window to the world of cathedral construction

By Emily Booker When one of the largest church construction projects in the country is happening right outside your classroom, you can’t help but watch and wonder. And talk about a teaching moment. It’s a feild trip right outside the school doors. Sacred Heart Cathedral School students and faculty have …

St. Mary, Our Lady of Fatima projects have future in mind

Parishes taking part in Wave 3 of Home Campaign are thinking ahead as fundraising efforts take place                           By Emily Booker Being a lasting, engaged, and vital component of the community is a lot like farming: it all starts by cultivating the soil and planting seeds. As part of Wave …

KDCCW convention to feature Fr. Leo Patalinghug, ‘The Cooking Priest’

NCCW official is keynote speaker for April 14-16 event at Holy Trinity Church in Jefferson City                                 By Emily Booker Women in the Diocese of Knoxville attending the 27th annual KDCCW convention will have a full plate of topics to discuss, from prayer and cooking to international aid and combating violence …

Funeral service held for diocesan lay leader George Haggard

By Emily Booker Generous philanthropist and community leader George O. Haggard, Jr., passed away suddenly on Dec. 12. He was 83. Mr. Haggard was the most recent recipient of the Immaculata Award, given for his dedication and service to the Diocese of Knoxville. A funeral Mass was celebrated on Dec. …

Baby bottles prove to be a valuable tool in promoting life

‘Crazy fun’ fundraiser at St. Mary in Johnson City benefits Catholic Charities’ pregnancy help centers                          By Emily Booker What better way to promote life than through a fundraiser using baby bottles during Respect Life Month? And who better to assist in the fundraiser than Catholic Charities of East Tennessee? The …

All Saints youth experience lesson on poverty firsthand

Cardboard city, work with KARM, Second Harvest, Operation Backyard are part of parish project By Emily Booker Learning about homelessness meant actually living it for several All Saints Parish youth. The annual Life on the Streets Retreat Oct. 23-25 focused on learning more about what it means to be homeless …

Purple Hearts Reunited

Chattanooga veterans finally recognized for meritious service in World War II with OLPH ceremony By Emily Booker Veterans Day had a different feel this year for Jim Dorris and Bo Cline. After 70 years, the parishioners of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga officially received the Purple Heart medals …

WMOF a spiritual experience for all who were there

From papal Mass to Catholic masses, Philadelphia turns into the city of peace, humility and love By Emily Booker Whether priest or parishioner, Catholics traveling to Philadelphia for the  World Meeting of Families – as well as those at home in the Diocese of Knoxville – were touched by witnessing …