Joining the Church family

Bishop Stika celebrates Father Mark Schuster’s ordination to the priesthood, a first for new Sacred Heart Cathedral By Dan McWilliams The priestly ordination of Father Mark Schuster was certainly a family affair. Family members of the ordinand filled four pews at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus …

He dwells among us: Build them up with prayer

Our priests need our prayers and to know that we support them By Bishop Richard F. Stika “You made them a kingdom and priests for our God.” –Revelation 5:10 St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests, knew well that, “When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the …

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Serving where the need is

Military service is a second calling for these Diocese of Knoxville priests By Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer Father Patrick Brownell and Father John Appiah speak highly — and reverently — about Diocese of Knoxville priests who have gone before them. Father Joe Brando, Father Frank Brett, and Monsignor …

Praying for world peace

Pope, archbishop join Church leaders in recalling D-Day sacrifices of thousands By Elizabeth Bachmann/ Catholic News Service CNS reporters Carol Glatz and Jonathan Luxmore contributed to this report. In remembering the estimated 4,400 Allied troops who died storming the beaches of Normandy, France, 75 years ago on D-Day, Archbishop Timothy …

Postulant-to-be shares a love story that promises to change her life

Notre Dame student professes commitment to Jesus, Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma as she declares her vocation                  By Bill Brewer Erica Pereira is changing her relationship status. And what a relationship she now is in. On Aug. 1, the University of Notre Dame student, who has spent the past …

Abby Johnson film arrives Unplanned in Diocese of Knoxville

Catholic protagonist of popular book and movie delivers pro-life message at St. Mary Church in Athens         By Emily Booker The movie Unplanned made an unscheduled appearance at Athens’ movie theater this spring. And it was a one-night sensation when the film’s real-life champion, pro-life author and speaker Abby Johnson, brought …

Marriage Enrichment: On long marriages—and a columnist’s retirement

Many people are thanked for their efforts over the years to benefit marriage-support events By Marian Christiana This article is going to have two parts to it. At first glance, they may not seem to fit together, but stick with me and I think that you will see the connection. …

Knox bagpiper’s goal is to ‘make a joyful noise’

Katie Helms performs at Church events around the area in memory of a son who passed away                         By Dan McWilliams Bagpiper Katie Helms can be seen playing at many Knoxville-area Church events, and she says her goal is simply to “make a joyful noise.” “That’s what the Scripture says to …

Pope Francis Charitable Trust Fund now assisting diocesan parishes

Home Campaign program makes first distribution of funds to 12 Church ministries that help communities            By Jim Wogan It has been five years since the most ambitious capital campaign in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville began as a mission to strengthen and grow the Catholic Church in …