Catholic Foundation events held across diocese

By Jim Wogan Each year, Bishop Richard F. Stika makes a point to bring together members of the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee [CFET] to recognize and thank them for their work in building the Diocese of Knoxville. For the second year in a row, three cities in the diocese …

A trip to remember

Scotland vacation puts schools superintendent in the middle of royal history By Jim Wogan In early September, Dr. Sedonna Prater, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Knoxville, and her husband, Ron, had an unexpected encounter with world history. Their much-anticipated and COVID-postponed trip to Scotland finally happened, and it …

Our Lady of Perpetual Help celebrates milestone

Chattanooga parish and school hold events to mark 85th anniversary By Jim Wogan The list is long and illustrious, but Father Arthur Torres did a good job reciting from memory the names of some of the pastors who have served at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish during its 85 …

Diocesan priests named pastors

By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that three priests serving as parish parochial administrators are now elevated to pastors of their respective parishes. Bishop Stika has appointed Father Arthur Torres as pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Chattanooga. He was previously assigned to the …

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Deacon Jim Bello named director of Christian Formation

Diocesan position is not all that Bishop Stika is asking new member of diaconate to undertake By Jim Wogan It didn’t take Deacon Jim Bello long to blend into his new role with the Diocese of Knoxville. A congenial personality and a genuine Christian spirit have helped him navigate the …

All Saints health and wellness expo set for Aug. 19-20

All Saints health and wellness expo set for Aug. 19-20 By Jim Wogan In 10 years as a Catholic priest, Father Doug Owens has become proficient at ministering to those in need. The pastor of All Saints Parish in Knoxville has anointed the sick, comforted those in distress, and, of …

Conversation with the Cardinals to feature Dolan, Rigali, Levada

Tickets now on sale for once-in-a-lifetime evening with world-renowned Church leaders Nearly 200 years of Catholic leadership will be on stage when the Diocese of Knoxville presents A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin …

Tennesseans vote yes on 1 as constitutional amendment passes

East Tennessee Catholic faithful instrumental in passage of pro-life measure as state’s churches get out the vote In a constitutional battle watched closely by pro-life and pro-abortion groups around the country, Tennessee voters approved Amendment 1 on Election Day, Nov. 4, giving state legislators the ability to better regulate facilities …

Outdoor Mass marks end of growing season for migrants

More than 250 contract workers, their families and friends gather for liturgical celebration Tomato crates were stacked for walls and the floor was concrete, but brilliant sunshine and a warm autumn breeze filled a makeshift outdoor chapel at Scott Farms in Unicoi on Oct. 26 as more than 250 agricultural …

Miracle linked to Paulist Father Isaac Hecker reported in Knoxville

Bishop Stika signs decree launching formal inquiry into matter as first step toward Vatican investigation By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika has officially launched an inquiry into whether a miracle has occurred in the Diocese of Knoxville, a move that could strengthen the case for sainthood for a Catholic …

Cathedral kickoff event introduces historic plan to parishioners

Hundreds turn out for celebration marking the beginning of two-year construction project By Jim Wogan The first shovel of dirt hasn’t been turned yet, but parishioners at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus finally have a good idea of what their new home will look like when construction …

Second annual Irish Bowl kicks off high school football

East Tennessee’s two Catholic football teams kick off their seasons tonight in Chattanooga when Notre Dame hosts Knoxville Catholic in the second annual Irish Bowl. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, superintendent of Catholic Schools, will be at the …