Knoxville Catholic dedicates STEM Innovation Lab

The Witsoe family and other donors receive thanks for making the ‘really exciting’ facility possible By Gabrielle Nolan A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new, state-of-the-art STEM Innovation Lab took place at Knoxville Catholic High School on Jan. 9. Students, teachers, faculty, families, and local media crews toured …

Rorate Mass for religious communities is celebrated

By Gabrielle Nolan On the darkest night of the year, the winter solstice, the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was aglow with candlelight. A Rorate Mass in honor of Our Lady for the religious communities of the Diocese of Knoxville was held on Dec. 21, with the …

‘A movie and a ministry’

Catholic filmmakers in East Tennessee begin funding for pro-life film By Gabrielle Nolan Marc Aramian and Veronica DiPippo of Crunch Entertainment have spent a lifetime cultivating their artistic talents in the realms of theater, composing, and filmmaking. The husband-and-wife duo are known in the Diocese of Knoxville for their recent …

ESM Sister travels to Kenya for General Chapter

Sr. Elizabeth Wanyoike chosen as delegate for congregation’s meeting By Gabrielle Nolan On Nov. 5, Sister Elizabeth Wanyoike of the Missionary Congregation of the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary traveled to Kenya as a delegate for the Seventh General Chapter of her congregation. Sister Elizabeth is the adult faith formation coordinator …

Chastity speaker visits diocese for family event

Jason Evert gives talks at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut on purity, gender, and sexuality     By Gabrielle Nolan Chastity speaker Jason Evert led a family-based event Oct. 22 at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut, where 300 youths and adults gathered for his presentations on purity, gender, and …

Finding healing from abortion

Women share personal testimonies as they take part in pro-life ministries By Gabrielle Nolan Not only was October “Respect Life Month,” but it was also “Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.” In addition to men and women grieving miscarriage, stillborn birth, and the death of an infant, there is also …

Partners in Haiti health care

Sacred Heart ministry supporting impoverished country hears from award-winning leader By Gabrielle Nolan The Haiti Outreach Program of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus held its annual banquet, Hands Across the Sea: Supporting Haiti, on Sept. 22 at Cathedral Hall. More than 80 attendees enjoyed a meal, …

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Pilgrimages to Holy Land on hold

Outbreak of war in the Mideast forces faith groups, travel planners to rethink tours By Gabrielle Nolan We dodged a bullet” was Father Bill McNeeley’s reaction to the Oct. 7 surprise attack on Israel, led by Palestinian militants known as Hamas. The attack has led to a full-blown war, resulting …

Witnessing the culture

Schools superintendent gets acquainted with students, faculty at all 10 campuses By Gabrielle Nolan Mary Ann Deschaine, the new superintendent of Catholic schools, made the journey to all 10 Diocese of Knoxville schools at the beginning of the school year to get better acquainted with diocesan students and their teachers. …

Religious Sisters of Mercy celebrate 50th anniversary

 Alma, Mich., Sisters enter a jubilee year; Knoxville convent marks milestone By Gabrielle Nolan The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., have entered into a jubilee year of celebration. Sept. 1 marked the 50th anniversary of the religious order’s founding, which occurred in 1973. Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, RSM, …

‘Heroic. Holy. Humble.’

Life of Fr. Patrick Ryan celebrated at Closing Session of Tribunal in sainthood cause By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville is one step closer in the cause for beatification and canonization of Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan. The Closing Session of the Tribunal of the Diocese of Knoxville …

Ulster Project unites Northern Ireland, U.S. teens

East Tennessee families host Northern Ireland youth and see the bonds and friendships that form   By Gabrielle Nolan Northern Ireland has a storied past of violence known as The Troubles, an ethno-nationalist conflict that lasted around 30 years from the 1960s to the 1990s. The population was divided, largely between …