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 …

‘Share the love of God with others’

Diocese facilitates World Youth Day pilgrimage to D.C. for young adults By Gabrielle Nolan The diocesan office of Youth, Young Adult, and Pastoral Juvenil Ministry led a pilgrimage Aug. 4-6 to Washington, D.C., for 20 young adults in conjunction with World Youth Day, an international event that occurs about every …

Giving hope

RCIA Summer Conference offers help in reaching the faith-seekers By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville’s Office of Christian Formation hosted its annual RCIA Summer Conference at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City on June 24. The conference theme was “Leading them Home: Catechetical and Pastoral Insights for …

‘There am I in the midst of them’

Alive in You Catholic conference, service camp brings teens to diocese By Gabrielle Nolan Jesus tells us in Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It is without question that Jesus was present when nearly 300 …

Uvalde a year later

Fr. Peter Iorio attends anniversary event of school shooting By Gabrielle Nolan The small town of Uvalde, Texas, is still grieving one year after a tragic school shooting shocked its community. The shooting that took place on May 24, 2022, at Robb Elementary School took the lives of 19 children …

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‘Where are we going?’

Archbishop Fabre, as apostolic administrator, celebrates Mass, offers direction By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville is undergoing a time of transition following the resignation of Bishop Richard F. Stika, who served the diocese as bishop for 14 years and announced his retirement on June 27. While the diocese awaits …