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, …

Diocese welcomes new priests

Bishop Stika ordains Fathers Austin, Blatchford, and Crabtree in cathedral Mass By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville celebrated a triple ordination June 10 as Joseph Austin, Neil Blatchford, and Andrew Crabtree became priests of God in a Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika at the Cathedral of the …

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‘Where are we going?’

Archbishop Fabre, as apostolic administrator, celebrates Mass, offers direction By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville is undergoing a time of transition following the resignation of Bishop Richard F. Stika, who served the diocese as bishop for 14 years and announced his retirement on June 27. While the diocese awaits …

Bishop Stika resigns

Diocese’s 3rd shepherd taking emeritus status into early retirement The East Tennessee Catholic Bishop Richard F. Stika, the Diocese of Knoxville’s third and longest-serving shepherd, has resigned. An announcement from the Vatican that Pope Francis granted Bishop Stika’s request to step down was made June 27 and then released by …

God is the answer

Bishop’s pop quiz for neophytes serves as a GPS moment By Bill Brewer It’s challenging enough to be a neophyte charged with carrying on the Catholic faith in an increasingly secular world. But for the Catholic Church in East Tennessee’s newest members, asking them to pass a Catholic history test …

Celebrating the light of Christ

Churches across the diocese welcome Eastertide during Holy Week services By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed nearly 300 people into the Church at Easter Vigil services on April 8, and for those entering at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bishop Richard F. Stika saluted …

Understanding the fullness of the Eucharist

Hundreds of faithful gather for Eucharistic Revival weekend at cathedral By Jim Wogan Bishop Ron Hicks laid out his motivation for last month’s visit to Knoxville in simple terms. “There are recent studies that are pretty devastating about what Catholics actually know about the Eucharist,” Bishop Hicks said. “Catholics don’t …