Seeing the need

Ladies of Charity host Remote Area Medical vision clinic for Knoxville-area clients By Dan McWilliams Determined to help their clients any way they could, the Ladies of Charity of Knoxville hosted a Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic that focused on eye care as COVID-19 prevented a dual dental clinic. The …

Sent forth to proclaim the Word of God

Sending of the Neophytes Mass resumes as East Tennessee’s newest Catholics pick up the cross By Dan McWilliams Many of the nearly 200 people who came into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil in the Diocese of Knoxville were formally sent forth in the annual Sending of the …

Church building on horizon at St. Alphonsus

Crossville parish gets go-ahead to proceed with plans By Dan McWilliams Parishioners of St. Alphonsus have been gathering for Mass for nearly 18 years in a building dedicated as a parish life center in 2003, but after a February meeting with Bishop Richard F. Stika, representatives of the Crossville Catholic …

Pilgrimage for Life held at Memorial for Unborn

Diocesan youth ministry office organizes event that unites pro-lifers from throughout East Tennessee By Carolyn Krings The Chattanooga National Memorial for the Unborn is dedicated to healing generations of pain associated with the loss of aborted and miscarried children.” This was the site for the 2021 Pilgrimage for Life: Together …

Chattanooga East Ridge Masses have new ap-peal

Our Lady of Perpetual Help dusts off church bells after a 13-year hiatus By Bill Brewer Parishioners and neighbors alike now know when Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Chattanooga is celebrating Mass. Just listen for the bells. The parish has renewed its long-dormant electronic bell system, and the …

Fr. Dustin Collins installed as pastor of St. Mary-Johnson City

Bishop Stika presides as diocesan priest becomes 24th pastor to lead Tri-Cities parish and school By Bill Brewer St. Mary Parish in Johnson City has a new pastor. And it’s the same priest who has been leading the parish since July 1, 2019. Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Dustin …

Diocese Rosaries for Life to segue into Lenten 40 Days for Life

From staff reports The Diocese of Knoxville organized a day of rosaries for the sanctity of life on Jan. 22 as priests and parishioners from a number of churches stood — and knelt — in vigil in front of the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in East Knoxville. The diocesan Office …

Sister Jolita fundraiser turns 20 years old in 2021

The beloved former St. Joseph School teacher is remembered for her love of students—and of Ireland By Dan McWilliams St. Joseph School in Knoxville is hosting the 20th annual Sister Jolita Supper & Sing-Along from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Because of the COVID pandemic, the event will …

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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. …