Diocese of Knoxville offering Masses in Swahili at Holy Ghost Parish

Holy Ghost Church has begun offering Masses in the Swahili language to serve the Diocese of Knoxville’s growing community of African members. Father Pontian Kiyimba, AJ, associate pastor of St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge, is celebrating the Masses in Swahili on the last Saturday of each month at 5 …

The language of love

Regional accents can highlight distinctions, but communicating with affection brings everyone together            By Bill Brewer Older confirmands were again front and center in the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Pentecost Sunday after a year hiatus due to COVID-19 as Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed the …

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Bishop Stika announces priest assignments

Changes in ministry will impact seven parishes across East Tennessee By Bill Brewer Father Patrick Resen, a former lawyer and judge who has served as a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville since 2007, has announced his retirement from the active priesthood. Father Resen’s retirement was among several moves announced …

A front seat to history

Cardinal Justin Rigali marks 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination and shares his journey from parish priest to Prince of the Church By Dan McWilliams You could say Cardinal Justin Rigali has had an altar seat to Catholic Church history. From his youth in Los Angeles to assisting at Vatican …

Destined to lead a remarkable ministry

An American churchman was there when history was made in the Catholic Church By Jim Wogan There is a framed and brilliantly colored photo hanging in Cardinal Justin Rigali’s office that shows Pope Paul VI, now a saint, standing on a sunlit stage in Manila, Philippines, vested in white and …

‘He is risen’

Saving us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit By Bill Brewer Easter Masses were again teeming with people two years after pews were last full for the holiest of liturgical celebrations. And the Catholic Church in East Tennessee welcomed nearly 200 new members who joined …

Ground broken on KCHS auditorium

The St. Gregory the Great facility is a missing link for the campus and a long-overdue project By Bill Brewer An auditorium that was part of the master plan for Knoxville Catholic High School when the West Knoxville campus was developed two decades ago is coming to life thanks to …

A community of communities

Diocese of Knoxville is home to diverse groups of faithful who share and demonstrate a love for Christ Story by Dan McWilliams Photos by Dan McWilliams, Bill Brewer, and Stephanie Richer The Diocese of Knoxville is made up of many different Mass communities, more than just the English/Roman rite that …

In Mass en masse

Parishioners turn out in strong numbers to begin Lent If Ash Wednesday is any indication, parishioners in the Diocese of Knoxville are welcoming the Lenten season and their walk of faith to Easter. Parishes around the diocese reported strong, if not high, attendance at Masses on Feb. 17, the first …

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Father Cummins: 25 years as a priest

The son of Upper East Tennessee is serving in the area he loves as pastor of St. Dominic in Kingsport By Bill Brewer Father Michael Cummins was socially distanced in 2020 in ways that had nothing to do with the coronavirus. And while it was a year indelibly marked in …

East Tennesseans’ faith comes to life

People throughout Diocese of Knoxville demonstrate their support for the sanctity of life By Bill Brewer The 2021 National March for Life in Washington, D.C., may have been canceled, but that didn’t stop East Tennessee pro-life supporters from marking the 48th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision …

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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 …