Cathedral hosts first performance in Concert Series

Knoxville Handel Society joins Sacred Heart to stage ‘The Creation’ with full choir, orchestra   By Bill Brewer In what probably is a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus served as center stage for a live secular choir and orchestra performance as …

Bishop Stika leads confirmation Masses for DOK youth, adults

Cathedral services host nearly 2,000 confirmands, 20,000 people From staff reports Bishop Richard F. Stika began a month-long series of Mass celebrations on April 6 to offer the sacrament of confirmation to nearly 2,000 youth throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali have been celebrating up …

Sacred Heart Apostolate relocates to Diocese of Knoxville

Cathedral parishioner Lisa Morris to lead international enthronement organization   By Bill Brewer The  Diocese of Knoxville is now home to the Sacred Heart Apostolate, a global movement for promoting the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as a way to renew communities by centering families on the love of …

New Catholics are formally sent forth in Neophytes Mass

The 225 newcomers to the faith in the diocese this year are the first group to take part in the ceremony at the new cathedral  By Dan McWilliams The class of new Catholics coming into the Church in East Tennessee this Easter was the first to be formally sent forth …

Knights of Columbus present top awards at state convention

By Andy Telli The Tennessee Knights of Columbus honored individual Knights, families, and councils for their contributions in the last year to the Church, their parishes and communities during the annual state convention held April 27-29 in Nashville. Three of the top awards presented were: Tennessee Knight of the Year, …

St. Augustine funeral Mass held for Mrs. Grey Littleton Wagner

Grey Littleton Wagner, a resident of Signal Mountain and a charter member of St. Augustine Parish, died April 29. She was 100. Mrs. Wagner was the daughter of the late Marguerite Warner Littleton and the late Augustine Brabson Littleton, formerly of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. She also …

Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament draws 32 teams

By Dan McWilliams The third annual Knights Cup Lacrosse Tournament on April 21 was a success as 32 teams from as far away as Memphis and West Virginia came together for 24 games across four fields, all in one day. Knoxville Catholic High School’s Blaine Stadium and John Tarleton Field …

Funeral Mass held for former St. Elizabeth pastor Fr. Steve Smith

By Dan McWilliams Dominican Father Steve Smith, who served as pastor of St. Elizabeth Parish in Elizabethton from 1989 to 2000, died April 4 in New Orleans. He was 86. Steve Kieran Smith was born in New York City on May 7, 1931. He entered the Dominican novitiate for the …

KCHS names new girls basketball head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School on May 15 announced Freeman Pinkney as the new head coach for the Lady Irish basketball program. Mr. Pinkney, originally from Clarksville, played collegiately at Walters State and Bethel University. After earning his degree, he spent two years playing basketball professionally in Mexico and for several …

SJNS ‘Tiny Saints’ commissioned to serve

The St. John Neumann School St. Vincent de Paul Youth Ministry celebrated its commissioning ceremony on April 26 at the all-school Mass. “The Tiny Saints,” a SVDP Youth Conference, has been established at SJN, and 44 students participated in the celebration as they became official lifetime members of the St. …

Courage/EnCourage chapters begin in diocese

By Emily Booker For practicing Catholics who struggle with same-sex attractions, it can be difficult to feel at home within the Church. Courage International is an apostolate of the Catholic Church that offers support and fellowship to men and women experiencing same-sex attractions who choose to live a chaste life. …

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Praying for perspective: Heroes of the ages

Who do you identify with? Your answer may surprise you By George Valadie A few years ago, I attended a principals conference for more than 100 school leaders, a mixture of young and old, white and black, Catholic, private, public. The conference facilitator opened by grouping us by our age, …