East Tennessee parishes commemorate Veterans Day

By Bill Brewer Parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville participated in Veterans Day observances the week of Nov. 11, with congregations recognizing those now and once serving in the military as well as remembering veterans who have died. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at St. Therese Church in Clinton …

‘It’s good to be home’

Dr. Jordan Pyda returns to Sacred Heart to share memories of Haiti, Dr. Paul Farmer By Hiske Jones Dr. Jordan Pyda was one of the guests of honor at a memorable and inspiring event held on Oct. 7 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to raise …

Hispanic youth create a wall of faith, hope, and love

Sr. Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school taught students to embrace their ‘desert’ journey By Bill Brewer Hispanic members of Sister Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school class have embraced a wall and what it can represent, although this wall is very different than the one that comes to mind for many …

More than 900 attend Holy Fire Nashville event

Diocese of Knoxville and Diocese of Nashville youth are among those present By Katie Peterson/Tennessee Register The Catholic Pastoral Center was on fire with the Holy Spirit on Oct. 1 as more than 900 middle school youth and adults from around the Diocese of Nashville and surrounding dioceses gathered in …

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Schoolteacher makes Our Lady of Guadalupe mosaic

Felicia Gregory of St. Mary School in Johnson City fashions artwork out of lids from baby food pouches   By Casey Keeley The newest work of art on display at St. Mary School in Johnson City, a mosaic, is the fruit of their own staff member’s labor. Felicia Gregory has been …

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Making space for Christ to teach

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program engages children in learning a love of God By Emily Booker “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” — John 7:16 There are lots of methods and theories about how to best teach a child, but when it comes to religious …

Pregnancy Help Centers mark 20th anniversary

Key Catholic Charities program has grown to six sites throughout East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Pregnancy Help Center in Knoxville celebrated its 20th anniversary Aug. 16-18 as the Diocese of Knoxville social services agency opens its sixth East Tennessee center in Helenwood. “It’s been quite …

Sacred-music lovers flock to Holy Ghost for events

A two-day weekend gathering and a Chant Camp for children draw dozens of participants            By Dan McWilliams Lovers of sacred music, especially Gregorian chant, of all ages attended two special events at Holy Ghost Church in recent weeks. The North Knoxville parish hosted the seventh Southeastern Sacred Music Weekend …

A unique music ministry

Hillbilly Thomists bluegrass band performs for Knights on Opry stage By Katie Peterson Catholic News Service As a boy growing up in the Nashville area, Chris Gautsch never expected to perform on the most well-known stage in the city — the Grand Ole Opry — especially after becoming a Dominican …

Off to a strong start

Accreditation, enrollment, leadership reasons for optimism as DOK school year gets underway By Bill Brewer The 2022-23 school year is underway, and if you’re a student, parent, staff member, teacher, or administrator, you can look at it as a class-half-empty or class-half-full proposition. Summer is basically over, although you would …

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Giving it up to God

Comunità Cenacolo considering Diocese of Knoxville for fifth U.S. house By Bill Brewer Five men who visited the Diocese of Knoxville in June could easily have been mistaken for Catholic tourists taking in East Tennessee and all it has to offer. But there was more to their trip than hiking …

Knoxville Catholic High School to host Young Life

Popular youth ministry will be on campus beginning with fall semester             By Bill Brewer In what is likely a first for the Diocese of Knoxville, Knoxville Catholic High School will host a Young Life team for the 2022-23 academic year. And as part of an effort to double down on …