Funeral Mass celebrated for Sr. Albertine Paulus, RSM

By Dan McWilliams The diocese said goodbye to the multifaceted, multitalented, indomitable Mercy Sister Mary Albertine Paulus on Oct. 31 as hundreds gathered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for her funeral Mass. Sister Albertine, founding director of the Office of Evangelization in the earliest days …

Cathedral Concert Series is a connection between Church and great masterpieces

By Diana Salesky The connection between the Catholic Church and great musical masterpieces is strong and centuries long. The list of composers whose works were inspired by their faith or promoted by their religious duties is lengthy and august. Johann Sebastian Bach, a converted Catholic, gave us the cornerstones of …

Changing the culture

Cathedral minister attends international conference focused on discipleship By Emily Booker What is the meaning of life? Who is God? Will believing in Jesus make me happy? If someone on the street were to ask you those questions, how would you answer? And do you think your answers would lead …

Couple exchanges vows during wedding for the ages

Newlyweds Lorraine Sughrue, Woody Blackwell begin life together in their 80s By Claire Collins If it was up to Lorraine Sughrue and Woody Blackwell, they would have never met. Luckily, God had other plans. The two tied the knot on Nov. 18 at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland, …

Guild hosts first gathering for health professionals in diocese

Catholic Medical Association presents retreat on the Eucharist at diocesan Chancery By Gabrielle Nolan Sister Mary Lisa Renfer had been considering starting a local Catholic Medical Association guild for some time. “As I’ve gotten to know different people in the medical community, I’ve been asking them about it,” said the …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Father Christopher Riehl

By Bill Brewer Father Christopher Riehl, a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville who had served in the Diocese of Charlotte for several years, died Nov. 10 from complications related to diabetes. He was 45. A solemn requiem Mass for Father Riehl, who passed away a week shy of his …

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 …

Bishop celebrates annual Blue and White Masses

Special liturgies at the cathedral honor first responders and members of the medical profession      By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Masses for first responders and for members of the health-care profession in recent weeks at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Blue Mass on …

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Bishop Stika presides at funeral Mass for Deacon Ken Conklin

By Bill Brewer and Gabrielle Nolan Deacon Ken Conklin, whose story of courage and perseverance in the face of life-threatening illness inspired many within and outside the Diocese of Knoxville, lost his battle with cancer on Nov. 18, a year and two months after Bishop Richard F. Stika advanced his …

Schachle family visits St. Henry Church

A small white minivan pulled into the parking lot at St. Henry Church in Rogersville on Oct. 23, and six of the 13 Schachle children departed the vehicle along with parents Michelle and Daniel. They came to St. Henry by invitation of pastor Father Bart Okere, also the Tennessee state …

Peace of heart

Archbishop Sheen: You were made for God; nothing short of the infinite satisfies you By Bishop Richard F. Stika Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will.” — Luke 2:14 A serious question. It may seem strange to ask, but have you ever …

East Tennessee parishes commemorate Veterans Day

By Bill Brewer Parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville participated in Veterans Day observances the week of Nov. 11, with congregations recognizing those now and once serving in the military as well as remembering veterans who have died. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at St. Therese Church in Clinton …