Feeding the 5(0),000

KDCCW hosts meal-packing event to provide food for people in the nations of Haiti and Guatemala   By Emily Booker “Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat’” (Matthew 14:16). With one boy’s offering of five loaves and two fish, Christ was able to …

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Diocese of Knoxville English classes transform lives

Local, international learners benefit from lay ministry that is growing in numbers     By Gabrielle Nolan It is a common human experience to travel to a foreign country and not understand the language. Tourists fumble through basic vocabulary as they try to communicate their thoughts to the locals. But when …

Easter: the new creation has come

Nearly 200 faithful prepare to enter the Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil       By Gabrielle Nolan The Catholic Church in East Tennessee is about to grow with the approaching feast of Easter, as nearly 50 catechumens and 130 candidates continue their preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation. …

Sewing ministry creates hygiene kits for women

Group at All Saints Parish imitates the example of St. Tabitha to help women around the world By Gabrielle Nolan Here in the West, it is called “period poverty.” When girls and young women do not have the resources to care for their monthly menstrual cycles, they are forced to …

SEEK22 regional event brings youth to diocese

Nearly 1,000 FOCUS students attend conference in downtown Knoxville          By Gabrielle Nolan “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” College students traveled to Knoxville to do just that for SEEK22, the annual winter conference hosted Feb. 4-6 by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). FOCUS …

Marches for life attract supporters of all ages

Events in Chattanooga, Knoxville attract hundreds of supporters By Gabrielle Nolan Multiple March for Life events took place across the state of Tennessee as Jan. 22 commemorated the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade legalizing abortion throughout the United States. Knoxville and Chattanooga held marches for participants to walk through …

‘At home and secure’

St. John XXIII Parish volunteers assist refugees, including Afghans, relocating to East Tennessee By Gabrielle Nolan Imagine you must flee your home country. All you can take with you is what you are able to carry on your back and in your hands, if it doesn’t get lost or stolen, …

Catholic Charities finds alternative office space after fire

Diocese of Knoxville agency is operating in new downtown development where Regas Restaurant was located By Dan McWilliams Catholic Charities of East Tennessee has found a new Knoxville headquarters after an arson fire Nov. 28 at its Dameron Avenue building forced the agency to move. CCETN has relocated its administrative …

‘By God’s grace’

Ordinariate Mass brings into full communion those people who are in other ecclesial communities         By Dan McWilliams An Ordinariate Mass held at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville was the first of its kind celebrated in East Tennessee: a liturgy in English that also featured the incense, solemnity, and ad orientem …

St. Alphonsus breaks ground on new church

Crossville parish’s building project begins after years of planning and fundraising By Dan McWilliams “ . . . I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it.”— 1 Corinthians 3:10 St. Alphonsus Parish in Crossville took a major step toward its dream of a new church building on Dec. …

‘You belong here’

Cathedral parish takes part in national initiative to engage young adults in faith By Emily Booker What was life like when you were 22? For some, it was graduating college, getting married, and settling down in a career. For others, it was cheap housing with several friends and partying between …