‘Patterned after the person of our Lord’

Fr. Mark Beckman named diocese’s new bishop By Bill Brewer and Dan McWilliams Pope Francis reached into the ranks of Tennessee priests to select the Diocese of Knoxville’s next bishop. Bishop-elect James Mark Beckman was introduced on May 7 as the fourth shepherd of the Church in East Tennessee immediately …

Singing the goodness of the Lord

Archbishop Fabre celebrates Chrism Mass to begin Holy Week observances By Dan McWilliams Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre addressed most of his Chrism Mass homily to his brother priests of the Diocese of Knoxville as a sign of their unity as one presbyterate, “hoping and praying that all the grace and …

Paulists celebrate 50 years in Knoxville

Religious order remains committed to ministry in East Tennessee By Gabrielle Nolan On March 9, the members of Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII parishes had two reasons to celebrate. Not only were the Paulist Fathers marking 50 years of service in the Diocese of Knoxville, but the order also …

In full communion

Nearly 400 catechumens, candidates entering Catholic Church at Easter Vigil By Bill Brewer The season of Lent brings with it newness and growth, as in the hundreds of catechumens and candidates who will be entering into full communion with the Catholic Church at Easter. Many of those catechumens and candidates …

Catholic historian resolves to answer… Why the Jews?

By Bill Brewer Why the Jews? It’s a question that has been asked for thousands of years and one that took on renewed significance Oct. 7 when Hamas attacked Israel, provoking Mideast fighting that continues and threatens to spread. And it’s a question that Catholic educator Brendan Murphy has resolved …

Announcing the Gospel

MAG Sisters celebrate 75 years with a Mass, opening of Holy Door By Emily Booker I trust in your mercy. Grant my heart joy in your salvation.  — Psalm 13:6 It was a day of both mercy and joy on Dec. 15 when Las Misioneras del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus …

Rorate Mass for religious communities is celebrated

By Gabrielle Nolan On the darkest night of the year, the winter solstice, the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus was aglow with candlelight. A Rorate Mass in honor of Our Lady for the religious communities of the Diocese of Knoxville was held on Dec. 21, with the …

‘The truth has no exceptions’

Challenges to pro-life efforts only ramped up following Supreme Court Dobbs decision The East Tennessee Catholic The truth has no exceptions. This keynote message for the annual banquet of Tennessee Right to Life’s Knox County chapter on Oct. 5 reverberated through Bridgewater Place event center in Knoxville as East Tennessee …

 Archbishop Fabre blesses new CCETN offices

Grand reopening event showcases renovated headquarters for the public By Bill Brewer Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre blessed Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s newly renovated Knoxville offices on Sept. 27 during a public ribbon-cutting event for supporters, volunteers, staff, and clients of the Diocese of Knoxville social-services agency. It was the …

Entering the gates of the Lord

St. Alphonsus Parish moves into its new church with thanksgiving By Dan McWilliams Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre extended his hand and said only five words to start his homily in the dedication Mass for the new St. Alphonsus Church in Crossville on Sept. 12, and the assembly erupted in applause. …

Faith like Mary’s

Archbishop Fabre asks faithful to steadfastly believe in God’s will The East Tennessee Catholic Parishioners in all four Diocese of Knoxville deaneries met Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre and listened as he shared the Gospel and his outlook for the Catholic Church in East Tennessee during the week of Aug. 14, …

New superintendent eager to start the academic year

By Jim Wogan Mary Ann Deschaine, a veteran educator with nearly three decades of experience as a teacher, principal, and superintendent, was announced as the new superintendent of Catholic schools for the Diocese of Knoxville on May 31. She served as superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Saginaw, …