On wings and prayers

Hope Kitchen offers spiritual nourishment as it feeds and clothes the homeless in Knoxville and perhaps beyond Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Bill Brewer and Stephanie Richer Mike and Melanie Wrinkle have come to believe in wings and prayers. The members of Holy Ghost Church rely on them when …

Art imitates life

Knoxville Catholic High School graduates partner on autobiographical book for children By Dan McWilliams Photography courtesy of Pam Rhodes Two Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) graduates have combined to co-author and illustrate a book, Charlie’s Blue Boots, about the challenges of being a “little person.” Charlie Higdon (’15), his grandmother, …

A brighter year ahead

By George Valadie Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed 2021! I hope. No, that’s not good enough. Not nearly enough. We need to PRAY it happens, not wish it, don’t we? Prayers for even a little bit better of anything would be a good start, wouldn’t it? Literally …

Liturgical Living

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you” — St. Augustine By Bishop Richard F. Stika The question Jesus asks of His disciples is the most important question of our life that we must answer anew every day. Though we know …

St. Mary Parish breaks ground on parish life center

Gatlinburg church will have more room for CCD classes, other youth and adult programs By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg is bursting at the seams, and the 85-year-old community just recently broke ground on a new parish life center that will help provide space for a growing number …

Looking back, looking ahead

Father Ronald Franco celebrates silver anniversary in the priesthood as he prepares for next assignment By Dan McWilliams The celebration of 25 years as a priest for Father Ronald Franco, CSP, incorporated all three of his assignments, including his latest stop at Immaculate Conception Parish in downtown Knoxville. Slide shows …

Rep. Dunn receives Tennessee Right to Life award

Veteran legislator, longtime Holy Ghost Parish member honored for his service to the state and pro-life movement By Bill Brewer Rep. Bill Dunn, a state legislator whose 26 years in the House helped swing Tennessee from a pro-abortion General Assembly to one that has become decidedly pro-life, received the 2020 …

Letters of Hope connect seniors to pen pals

Knoxville Catholic High School students turn COVID outreach idea into global group By Emily Booker The pandemic has kept many people apart and homebound for much of the year. For seniors it can be an incredibly lonely time as family and friends can’t visit in order to keep them safe …

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Last two of original Sisters of Mercy retire

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have served in East Tennessee since coming to Knoxville in 1896  By Dan McWilliams The retirement of the last two Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in the Diocese of Knoxville ends a tradition of more than 120 years of the community’s service …

St. John Neumann parishioner hailed as a first-responder hero

Officer Kyle Botica’s fast action saves man’s life, helps prevent traffic incident from being a tragedy By Bill Brewer Sometimes the road less traveled really does make all the difference. Just ask Kyle Botica. The University of Tennessee Police Department officer has been saluted as a hero for saving a …

Annual Ladies of Charity golf tourney raises more than $14,000

The annual Ladies of Charity of Knoxville Golf Tournament was held Sept. 3 at Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford. The slightly windy day kept the golfers cool and the play fast. Eighty-two men and women brought their clubs to support the Ladies of Charity mission to serve those in …

Fellowship amid COVID-19

FOCUS missionaries at UT-Chattanooga are working to evangelize in socially distanced ways By Bill Brewer As the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga watches 2020 end just as it began, with the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on students and their course work, a small group of Catholic missionaries is fervently working to keep …