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 …

In service and sacrifice

Veterans observances honor those who served, those still in harm’s way By Dan McWilliams A special guest appeared at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the annual Green Mass for members of the military and veterans on Nov. 13. Bishop Aleksander Jazlowiecki, auxiliary bishop of the …

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Commemorating Cursillo

Faith movement celebrates its 25th anniversary in the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer The Cursillo movement in the Diocese of Knoxville has reached a longevity milestone that many organizations never attain as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a special Mass for East …

Medal of Honor recipients visit Catholic schools

Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry and Sgt. Mike Rose speak at KCHS; parachute jump held at Sacred Heart  By Dan McWilliams Congressional Medal of Honor recipients were in Knoxville for a celebration Sept. 6-10, and two Catholic soldiers who earned the rare award stopped by Knoxville Catholic High School and Sacred …

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‘A match made in heaven’

Catholic Charities, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic partner to provide health care in Scott Co. By Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic are partnering on a unique ministry that provides a shot in the arm to health care in Scott County, which has joined the …

Tennessee law banning abortions takes effect

‘Trigger’ statute a result of Supreme Court ruling returning authority to states       By The East Tennessee Catholic When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on June 24, the regulation of abortion returned to states. More than a dozen states had passed “trigger laws” …

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CCETN begins adoption services

Catholic Charities program looking to assist expectant mothers, adoptive parents By Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is now an option for people looking to adopt a child. The Diocese of Knoxville social-services agency has added an Adoption Services division to its extensive portfolio of programs that are available …

A call to the priesthood in Msgr. Hofstetter’s words

By Dan McWilliams Robert Joseph Hofstetter was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Nashville to Oscar B. and Marguerite Sanders Hofstetter. He was baptized at Holy Name Church in Nashville, where he attended Holy Name Grade School and Father Ryan High School. He went to the University of Notre Dame, where …

St. Dominic parishioners meet with new sister parish

Blackfeet Reservation in Montana is site of a mutually inspirational, faith-filled relationship   By Emily Booker Whether in the green valleys of Appalachia or the windy buttes of Montana, you can find Catholics full of faith and love of Christ. The universality of the Church makes it possible to find family …

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‘Created to give glory to the Creator’

Funeral Masses held for Msgr. Bob Hofstetter, dean of diocesan priests and a ‘priest’s priest’ By Dan McWilliams Priest, confessor, shepherd, friend, teacher, avid reader, writer, theologian, carpenter, cook—the Diocese of Knoxville lost a multifaceted man with the death of one of its founding fathers in Monsignor Bob Hofstetter. The …

Adults from around diocese confirmed at cathedral

About 30 men and women receive the sacrament for the first time as Bishop Stika presides            By Gabrielle Nolan On June 5, the feast of Pentecost Sunday, close to 30 adults from around the Diocese of Knoxville were confirmed in an afternoon Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika …

Diocese’s permanent diaconate grows

23 men are ordained by Bishop Stika at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus By Dan McWilliams On a historic day for the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained 23 men to the permanent diaconate June 11, the diocese’s third such class since the first …