Discerning the permanent diaconate

Bishop Stika presides at the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders for the next class of deacons By Dan McWilliams Twenty-five men, making up the diocese’s incoming class of permanent deacons, took a major step in their discernment Oct. 20 as they participated in the Rite of Admission …

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New youth ministries focus on instilling virtue

Fraternus for boys and Fidelis for girls meet weekly at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus By Dan McWilliams Two new ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville have been started for boys and girls in grades six through 12, and each is designed to form the young …

Vandal’s attack on crucifixes unites basilica, N.C. parish

Desecration of sacred objects prompts faith communities to help St. Joseph’s By Bill Brewer One vandal’s act of desecration has created fellowship between the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and St. Joseph’s Parish in Bryson City, N.C., that is a testament to the teachings of Jesus. And …

Sacred Heart Parish’s Haiti ministry marks 20th year of service

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois visits cathedral campus, appeals to supporters to continue their mission By Bill Brewer When you can’t get to Haiti, Haiti will get to you. And so it was at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Oct. 17-18 when Cardinal Chibly Langlois, bishop of …

Celebrating life in all its ages, stages, and conditions

Tennessee Right to Life recognizes women who have overcome obstacles to live their very best lives By Bill Brewer Life, in all its ages, stages, and conditions was praised on Oct. 15 when some 350 pro-life supporters gathered for the Celebrate Life Banquet sponsored by the Knox County chapter of …

NDHS students take part in benefit bake sale

Some 20 young people volunteer for a two-day ‘bake off’ to help Catholic Charities of East Tennessee By Emily Booker If you were to walk the hallways of Notre Dame High School after school Nov. 5 and 6, you might have noted the sweet scent of baking cookies and jolly …

St. Faustina Association welcomes Bishop Stika

Chattanooga’s Vietnamese faith community growing, with goal of becoming a parish By Jim Wogan and Janice Fritz-Ryken Established just four months ago, the St. Faustina Public Association of the Faithful, founded by Bishop Richard F. Stika for the Vietnamese Catholic community in the Chattanooga area, appears to be flourishing. Bishop …

Boundaries established for four diocesan parishes

The Diocese of Knoxville has formally confirmed the boundaries for St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Erwin in Unicoi County, St. Christopher Parish in Jamestown in Fentress County, St. Albert the Great Parish in Knoxville, and St. Teresa of Kolkata Parish in Maynardville in Union County. After consulting with the …

Catholic Foundation of ET honors newest Society of St. Peter member

Dr. Dan Kennedy receives blessed icon for service By Jim Wogan Dr. Dan Kennedy, a longtime educator and a 25-year member of the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee, was recognized as the newest member of the Society of St. Peter during the foundation’s 2019 annual dinner on Nov. 3 in …

Paraclete book, gift store under new management

Knoxville native Sara Lauer to lead East Tennessee’s only Catholic Church retail outlet From staff reports The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have announced that the Paraclete Catholic Books and Gifts store is now under new management. Sara Lauer, a Knoxville native …