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Last two of original Sisters of Mercy retire

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have served in East Tennessee since coming to Knoxville in 1896  By Dan McWilliams The retirement of the last two Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in the Diocese of Knoxville ends a tradition of more than 120 years of the community’s service …

St. John Neumann parishioner hailed as a first-responder hero

Officer Kyle Botica’s fast action saves man’s life, helps prevent traffic incident from being a tragedy By Bill Brewer Sometimes the road less traveled really does make all the difference. Just ask Kyle Botica. The University of Tennessee Police Department officer has been saluted as a hero for saving a …

Funeral Mass held for longtime priest Fr. Paul Valleroy

Mass celebrant Bishop Stika eulogizes pastor who served East Tennessee parishes for 46 years By Bill Brewer Father Paul Joseph Valleroy saw a lot of East Tennessee during the 46 years he served as a priest, first for the Diocese of Nashville and then for the Diocese of Knoxville. The …

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Faith and football, in that order

Fr. Charlie Burton marks 40th anniversary of his ordination this year by indulging his passion — the priesthood By Dan McWilliams Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys and a Terrible Towel, lion figurines, a sheet of $2 bill star notes, and a photo of a favorite singer, Jackson Browne, are in his office. …

Religious Sisters of Mercy fill important diocesan positions

Office of Christian Formation, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic ministries receive assistance from new Alma Sisters By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard. F. Stika has appointed three members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., to serve key positions in the Diocese of Knoxville. Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, RSM, DO, …

Bishop Stika, Sacred Heart Cathedral featured in ‘The Chair’

Catholic media ministry, profiling U.S. cathedrals, bishops in TV series, also interviews rector Father Boettner By Emily Booker If walls could talk, what would a cathedral say? The Diocese of Knoxville recently welcomed DeSales Media Group, a Catholic media production ministry out of the Diocese of Brooklyn to find out …

Matthew Donahue ordained to the transitional diaconate

Bishop Stika elevates the seminarian to holy orders, calling him a ‘gift from God’ for the diocese                  By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika said in his homily, the name Matthew means “gift from God,” and he added that’s what the Diocese of Knoxville is receiving in newly …

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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 …

KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates

KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates Stories by Dan McWilliams The COVID-19 pandemic may have sent home seniors for the last two months of their high school careers and delayed graduation, but the commencement ceremonies for Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School nevertheless took place in …

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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 …

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Keeping the needy fed during the pandemic

Diocese of Knoxville parishes and organization live out Christ’s message to feed the hungry By Dan McWilliams Feeding the hungry is among the most basic of the corporal works of mercy, and several Catholic food pantries around the Diocese of Knoxville are doing just that. For some pantries, the coronavirus …

Rising above the pandemic

Diocesan ministries continue serving despite COVID-19 and its aftereffects By Bill Brewer If hope opens doors, then Bishop Richard F. Stika is an optimistic — and joyful — spiritual doorman. As the nation and the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 and its ghastly ripples, the risen Jesus is all …