Tiny St. James Church overflows with visiting students

St. James the Apostle Parish in Sneedville is easily the smallest in the Diocese of Knoxville. Normal Mass attendance is approximately eight to 10 on a given Sunday, but on April 24 at approximately 11:25 a.m. that changed. A huge charter bus from Franklin, Tenn., pulled up and unloaded the …

Tennessee bishops praise court’s ruling in abortion case

By Katie Peterson / Tennessee Register The three bishops of Tennessee praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reversed the precedent set in the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade declaring a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. And agencies and organizations that …

Holy Family is the focus of KDCCW convention

Annual diocesan gathering takes place at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland By Emily Booker The family is the building block of society. The family is the domestic Church where children first learn about God. It is through a family that Jesus came into the world in human flesh. …

Knights from around the world bound for Tennessee

Knights from around the world bound for Tennessee By Andy Telli / Tennessee Register The Knights of Columbus’ 140th Supreme Convention, scheduled for August in Nashville, is fast approaching, and the Tennessee Knights are busy preparing to host brother Knights from around the world. “We’re now in the final stretch,” said …

‘Arise, my beautiful one, and come’

Diocese of Knoxville’s new consecrated virgin dedicates her life to Christ, Church           By Emily Booker Julie Radachy knew from an early age that she would one day be a bride of Christ. “This has kind of been an ongoing call for me,” Miss Radachy said. “I knew when I was …

St. Vincent de Paul members attend training at Ladies of Charity

At St. Vincent de Paul, formation is encouraged and promoted. One required course is called the Ozanam Orientation, which was held at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville on April 23. The Ozanam Orientation, in particular, is important because it sets the spiritual and philosophical tone for its members on …

Fr. Joe Pat Breen, a beloved priest of Nashville, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 27 for Father Joseph Patrick “Joe Pat” Breen, a priest of the Diocese of Nashville who at one time served as pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland as well as at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Chattanooga and as assistant …

Funeral Mass held for Sr. Margaret Mary Turk, RSM

Sister Margaret Mary Turk, RSM, died May 9 at Mercy Convent in Nashville following a long illness. Sister Margaret, who was 86, served as a Sister of Mercy for 69 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Matthew and Margaret Coleman Turk, and her siblings, Father Matthew Turk, …

Diocese delivers Synod report to USCCB

Chancellor calls process ‘inspiring and illuminating’ as local document heads to Rome      By Jim Wogan When Pope Francis laid out his plan for the upcoming Church Synod, Deacon Sean Smith knew it eventually would come to this. Collecting the thoughts and opinions of more than 1.2 billion Catholics around …

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‘Dear Lord, are you wanting me to step away?’

God seemingly stays silent after a prayer of the columnist on retiring from a career in schools By George Valadie Have you ever thought you were right but it turned out you weren’t? I mean not just a little off, but wrong, way wrong? The “I don’t even know how …

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Deacons of the Church of the past and present

 The columnist is ordained to the diaconate, experiencing ‘a great joy to be in formation with these men’ By Deacon Bob Hunt The sixth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles relates the choosing and the ordination of the first deacons of the Church. Complaints arose among the Christians that …