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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, …

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 …

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 …

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The faithful life of a hermit

Sister Anunziata Grace begins a rare vocation for the diocese of Knoxville Story by Dan McWilliams Photos by Dan McWilliams and Stephanie Richer Sister Anunziata Grace has evolved from a contemplative with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood community in New Market to a hermitess with the Diocese of Knoxville. …

Inquiry begins into Fr. Ryan sainthood cause

Basilica at center of historic moment as Bishop Stika presides in opening session By Bill Brewer The cause for the beatification and canonization of Servant of God Patrick Ryan took a historic turn Sept. 28 with the opening session of an inquiry into the East Tennessee priest’s life and the …

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Bishop Stika ordains newest priests to the diocese

Frs. Hernandez, Griffith join the Catholic presbyterate in East Tennessee, take on new assignments By Dan McWilliams Two new priests entered the Diocese of Knoxville ranks Aug. 29 as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained Father Zachary Griffith and Father Alexander Hernandez at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of …

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Faithful to the Mission

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, reflects on her time establishing St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker Sister Mariana Koonce arrived in Knoxville in the fall of 2012, having recently taken her temporary vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. As she has …

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The Cuzco Legacy

Children of Catholic art genre carrying on the family tradition Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer When Clorinda Galdos Bell presses her intricately woven paint brush against a canvas, she’s illustrating her faith for all to see. It’s her vocation, her charism, her ministry. Will it be her …

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Diocesan Tribunal of Knoxville becomes a reality

New ministry based in Chattanooga to handle annulment requests, other canon law cases By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville now has a fully functioning tribunal, a canon law ministry that will decide annulment cases and other legal matters that are within the specific purview of the Catholic Church and …

Diocese of Knoxville schools plan for safe, healthy return to classrooms

COVID-19 protocols and procedures are greeting students, faculty at all 10 East Tennessee campuses By Bill Brewer Following a summer break of hope amid uncertainty, Diocese of Knoxville schools are welcoming students and faculty back into classrooms for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Bishop Richard F. Stika and …

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New Media’s Role in the New Evangelization

Catholic community increasingly relies on technology during the pandemic By Emily Booker Photography by Stephanie Richer “He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.’”— Matthew 16:15. When you first hear the word “evangelization,” what do you picture? Maybe a minister preaching on …