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The faithful life of a hermit

Sister Anunziata Grace begins a rare vocation for the diocese of Knoxville Story by Dan McWilliams Photos by Dan McWilliams and Stephanie Richer Sister Anunziata Grace has evolved from a contemplative with the Handmaids of the Precious Blood community in New Market to a hermitess with the Diocese of Knoxville. …

Family Tradition

The stakes are high when saying ‘Yes!’ to the dress competes with college football By George Valadie Oklahoma-Texas. Notre Dame-Florida State. Tennessee-Georgia. If you know anything about our family, you know we love our college football. We gather early and stay late, munching multiple meals throughout. We wear our lucky …

The two altars of sanctity

The altar of the Church and the altar of our heart ‘belong inseparably together’ and are ‘mysteriously the same altar’ By Bishop Richard F. Stika “In your house I shall celebrate the Passover with my disciples.” – Matthew 26:18 The words of Jesus conveyed through His disciples to the homeowner where …

Thoughts on Crucial Voting Decisions

By Debbie & Duane Donahoo All Saints Parish As Americans consider their choices in the coming elections, we have a wealth of information on candidates and what their positions are on crucial issues. The data we need to make our choices are widely and easily available. But, in addition to …

Church marries young couple to settle immigration issue

Felix Yu can remain in America instead of going back to Hong Kong after wedding at Holy Ghost By Dan McWilliams An Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rule on foreign students in the country nearly forced a Holy Ghost parishioner to return to Hong Kong, separating him from his fiancée, …

Keeping vigil

40 Days for Life campaign kicks off with visit to St. Mary-Athens by founder Shawn Carney, Knoxville vigil By Bill Brewer As the Diocese of Knoxville joins Catholic dioceses across the country in sponsoring the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil this month, 40 Days for Life founder Shawn Carney …

Distressed kayaker rescued by Paulists during lake outing

Seminarians, priests at retreat aboard floating Tiki bar are lifesavers on New York’s Lake George Catholic News Service/Catholic News Agency This is a typical story about Paulist Fathers, a floating Tiki bar, and a kayaker. It all started when Greg Barrett, a captain for Tiki Tours, offered the Paulist Fathers—two …

Deacon candidates another step closer to ordination

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville’s newest class of permanent deacons has taken a key step closer to ordination as they now can serve as lectors proclaiming the Word of God. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Rite of the Institution of Lectors for the 25 candidates for the …

Inquiry begins into Fr. Ryan sainthood cause

Basilica at center of historic moment as Bishop Stika presides in opening session By Bill Brewer The cause for the beatification and canonization of Servant of God Patrick Ryan took a historic turn Sept. 28 with the opening session of an inquiry into the East Tennessee priest’s life and 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 …