Schachle family visits St. Henry Church

A small white minivan pulled into the parking lot at St. Henry Church in Rogersville on Oct. 23, and six of the 13 Schachle children departed the vehicle along with parents Michelle and Daniel. They came to St. Henry by invitation of pastor Father Bart Okere, also the Tennessee state …

Multicultural rosary unites diocesan Catholics of all nationalities

By Bill Brewer Catholics from different nationalities whose common denominator is East Tennessee congregated for a multicultural rosary on Sept. 23 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to commemorate National Migration Week and World Day of Migrants and Refugees. It was the second annual multicultural rosary …

A trip to remember

Scotland vacation puts schools superintendent in the middle of royal history By Jim Wogan In early September, Dr. Sedonna Prater, superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Knoxville, and her husband, Ron, had an unexpected encounter with world history. Their much-anticipated and COVID-postponed trip to Scotland finally happened, and it …

’49 years, 5 months, and 2 days’

Tennessee Right to Life remembers a half-century spent defending unborn at annual event By Dan McWilliams Forty-nine years, five months, and two days—that’s how long abortion was the law of the land after Roe v. Wade. Tennessee Right to Life’s Knox County chapter marked the end of that nearly half-century …

St. Anne Parish in the middle of abortion debate

Bristol Catholic community standing for life as pro-choice facilities choose between Tennessee, Virginia By Casey Keeley After the June Supreme Court ruling reversing Roe v. Wade that now allows states to make their own decisions on abortion, Tennessee immediately sprang into action to protect the lives of the unborn. Gov. …

Supporting Catholic-run small business in the Tri-Cities

Faithful parishioners have started successful operations on little more than a wing and a prayer By Casey Keeley Small businesses have been the backbone of the U.S. economy since the country’s early years. In recent years, however, owners have been struggling to stay in business. Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic …

Seftons, who call diocese home, remember queen, king fondly

By Bill Brewer To many British, if not most, Queen Elizabeth II was no enigma despite the barriers that can separate royalty from the public. She was omnipresent in their lives, whether through official royal functions, frequent public appearances, her annual Christmas addresses, or the constant stream of news coverage …

Knights of Columbus convene in Nashville

Supreme Convention draws priests, prelates, and brother Knights from around the world By Andy Telli and Katie Peterson Tennessee Register Thousands of Knights of Columbus and their families converged on the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville for the 140th Supreme Convention for the first in-person convention in three …

Dominican Sisters make final profession of vows

By Katie Peterson Tennessee Register July 25th was the best day of my life,” declared Sister Maria Beatriz Durão, OP, of Brazil. That was the day she and seven others made their final profession of vows with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville. “True love is for …

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Deacon Jim Bello named director of Christian Formation

Diocesan position is not all that Bishop Stika is asking new member of diaconate to undertake By Jim Wogan It didn’t take Deacon Jim Bello long to blend into his new role with the Diocese of Knoxville. A congenial personality and a genuine Christian spirit have helped him navigate the …

Sacred Heart Cathedral ministry leads life-saving flight years in the making

Haiti Outreach Program is able to fly solar panels, vaccine refrigerator to Caribbean country in political turmoil By Hiske Jones A long-awaited flight landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 13, with unusual cargo: solar panels and a refrigerator to store life-saving vaccines. According to Billy Stair, a longtime volunteer with …

A letter about St. Paul and the Philippians

Young student Elena Crace wins national essay contest through the Catholic Textbook Project By Dan McWilliams Elena Crace of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville recently won a national history essay contest through the Catholic Textbook Project with an entry about St. Paul. Students in Catholic schools and homeschools could participate …