NFL’s Smith duo holds fourth annual youth camp at KCHS

By Dan McWilliams The fourth annual Smith and Smith Catholic Football Camp at Knoxville Catholic High School on July 12 and 13 gave more than 250 youngsters a chance to learn gridiron skills from NFL players Harrison Smith and Lee Smith and KCHS coaching staffers. Harrison Smith, a KCHS graduate …

Renfree, KCHS girls team capture state track titles

By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Catholic High School boys and girls track teams again produced state champions in the large class at this year’s state meet in Murfreesboro in May. Jake Renfree, a runner-up to teammate Georde Goodwyn in last year’s 1,600-meter run finals, captured the state title in the …

Marriage Enrichment: Making eye contact makes all the difference

‘It’s hard for people to see the face of Jesus in our or see Jesus in others if we never look directly at them’ By Marian Christiana Summer is not even over yet, but, so far, this one has been a doozy! My husband, Ralph, and I have had a …

Praying for Perspective: Pope Francis offers hope after death of a pet

A family believes ‘that if we ourselves ever get to heaven, we’ll get to see him, pet him—and feed him—again’ By George Valadie Thank goodness for Pope Francis! The woman would have crawled up in a hole and died herself if the man hadn’t offered her the hope she so …

Bishop leads Corpus Christi procession at Sacred Heart

By Dan McWilliams Rain stopped in time for the diocese to have its first Corpus Christi procession at the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided on the solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. Rainfall that …

Hundreds of teens meet in Knox for Alive in You camp

The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus hosts 350 young people and their chaperones for a week of work and worship By Emily Booker In June, hundreds of teenagers from across the country packed their bags, loaded buses and vans, and left home for a week-long mission trip. …

Father Peter Iorio marks 25 years as a priest

‘I give thanks and praise to God for the many people he has graced my life and my ministry with,’ the jubilarian says By Dan McWilliams Father Peter Iorio is known as one of the more joyful priests in the Diocese of Knoxville, and on Aug. 3 that joy came …

St. Patrick a shelter of hope amid lingering fears from immigration raid

Morristown parish still responding to Hispanic community with support, prayer By Hannah Brockhaus/Catholic News Agency-EWTN News Last April when nearly 100 workers were taken into custody in the country’s largest worksite immigration raid in a decade, St. Patrick’s parish center in Morristown opened to the community, and donations started pouring …

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Developments in child protection cases prompt statement by Bishop Stika

Concerns about Cardinal McCarrick, Pennsylvania clergy at forefront of Church’s attention Staff and wire reports In the wake of Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick’s recent resignation from the College of Cardinals following sexual abuse allegations, Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a statement on the matter in which he offers his …

Diocese of Knoxville’s 30th anniversary to be celebrated by parishes

Bishop Richard F. Stika is calling on all parishes and schools to join him in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, which is Sept. 8. Bishop Stika has commissioned a Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the diocese celebrates this anniversary on …

Cardinal Rigali celebrates special for Mass for Humanae Vitae

His Eminence worked closely with Pope Paul VI following the release of historic encyclical By Bill Brewer Humanae Vitae, the widely followed encyclical by Pope Paul VI, whose teaching on conjugal love and responsible parenthood sparked a great deal of debate when it was published on July 25, 1968, was …

An invitation to make a difference

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish looking for partners on an outreach mission to deliver aid in Haiti By Bill Brewer Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish’s Haiti Outreach ministry is looking for a few good partners. The parish’s Haiti ministry has been effective and growing to the point where it would like to …