Bishop Stika dedicates St. Mary-Gatlinburg’s new parish life center

Recently completed project fulfills 5-year plan By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the new parish life center at St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg on Aug. 22, blessing a building that will give the growing parish space for CCD classes, offices, and more. The dedication followed the 11 a.m. …

St. Stephen, NDHS youth take part in bed build

Young volunteers and their families make 50 beds for the Sleep in Heavenly Peace charity to help the needy  By Dan McWilliams Youth from St. Stephen Parish and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga came together July 10 to help children in need who don’t have a bed to sleep …

Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are Lumen Christi Award finalists

Sister María Imelda Quechol and Sister Eloísa Torralba Aquino, Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “Ad Gentes” who serve in Chattanooga, have been selected as finalists for Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award. The Lumen Christi Award is Catholic Extension’s highest honor given to people “who radiate and reveal …

Catholic Charities launches breastfeeding curriculum

New program looking to increase awareness; health department and UT are partners                 By Monique Derico Just in time for World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7), Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Pregnancy Help Center launched a new breastfeeding curriculum designed to promote breastfeeding to culturally diverse populations. The curriculum was made …

Diocese of Knoxville schools see enrollment increases

Double-digit rises reported at some campuses as students, faculties, parents settle into new academic year           By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville schools are reporting a healthy 7.8 percent increase in enrollment as the 2021-22 academic year gets underway, which bucks a trend among some Catholic school systems that are seeing …

St. Jude School gets new leadership as longtime principal retires

By Bill Brewer The 2021-22 school year has begun with new leadership at St. Jude School in Chattanooga. Longtime principal Jamie Goodhard announced last school year her intention to retire at the end of the 2020-21 academic year. Dr. Joshua Overton has been named St. Jude’s new principal. St. Jude …

Diocese to celebrate families and children with special needs

‘Bishop’s Very Special Day’ will be held Sept. 25 on the Sacred Heart Cathedral campus; Mass to follow             By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville will host a day for families, adults, and children with special needs at the parish hall and pavilion of the Cathedral of the Most …

Knights award state championships in free-throw shooting competition

The results are in from the Knights of Columbus Tennessee State Free Throw Championships held recently at the St. Rose of Lima gym in Murfreesboro. Nineteen boys and girls from across the state participated in and were recognized at event. Six boys and five girls, ages 9 to 14, were …

Happy 30th to The East Tennessee Catholic

ETC staffers have traveled around the diocese and around the world to bring readers the news By Dan McWilliams The East Tennessee Catholic turns 30 years old Sept. 8, and I can’t believe I’ve been around for 22 of those years. In that time my editors and I have published …

A little store with a big purpose

The Paraclete carves out a niche to serve East Tennessee and beyond thanks to online sales       By Bill Brewer It’s not your grandmother’s Paraclete anymore. Well, it really is, and your mother’s, too, but recent changes at the longtime Catholic retailer mean it’s also your children’s, your parish’s, your …

Saying ‘yes’

Sisters in the Diocese of Knoxville profess their vows as the RSM, FSGM communities grow By Bill Brewer The Catholic community of women religious is growing by two Sisters who have connections to the Diocese of Knoxville. Sister Maria Juan Anderson professed her perpetual vows with the Religious Sisters of …