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Pursuing faith-filled vacations

Chancery staff share holy sites from their travels By Gabrielle Nolan Everyone can benefit from a vacation now and then. Vacations help weary souls to rest and recharge, learn and explore, and also break out of the usual routine at home. But how often do faith and prayer take the …

Tennessee Knights urged to be ‘anchored in Christ’

State convention held in person for the first time in three years                 By Andy Telli/Tennessee Register Meeting in person for the first time in three years, the Tennessee Knights of Columbus were lauded for their efforts to continue serving the Church and their neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic. “When …

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Catholic author includes St. JPII Mission in new book

Daniel Markham has traveled the United States to chronicle unique ministries for ‘52 Masses’ By Gabrielle Nolan Out of all the Catholic churches in the state of Tennessee, writer Daniel Markham chose to visit St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge. One element in particular attracted him to the …

Pilgrimages to holy sites seeing a post-COVID surge

By Bill Brewer As president of the Sacred Heart Apostolate and a sacristan at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Lisa Morris has plenty to keep her busy. But for the past two years, she hasn’t been as busy as she is used to being—or would like …

Bishop Stika appoints Fr. Michael Cummins vicar for priests

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Michael Cummins as vicar for priests effective July 1. Father Cummins will continue as pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport as well as continuing to chair the Diocese of Knoxville’s Presbyteral Council until the end of his term in November. Father Cummins …

Funeral Mass for Judge Susano

Longtime appellate jurist, cathedral member died May 7 A funeral Mass for retired Tennessee appeals court judge Charles D. Susano Jr. was celebrated on May 17 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Father David Boettner, rector of the cathedral, served as the Mass celebrant. He was …

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Going forth to live the faith

Diocese’s newest members embrace Catholicism as they complete their RCIA formation   By Bill Brewer John Patterson has been sent forth to proclaim the faith as a new Catholic—and as an octogenarian. So, does Mr. Patterson feel like a neophyte at age 80? “Sure, I’m a rookie. I told the bishop …

Religious Sister of Mercy is a witness of faith on Rocky Top

Sr. Joan Miriam Nelson attends the University of Tennessee with an eye toward nursing By Gabrielle Nolan Among the sea of orange and white on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, one particular student stands out. She wears a dark blue habit with a large cross around her neck, …

Monsignor Humbrecht celebrates 50th anniversary

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali, more than 20 priests, and many others join in for the occasion By Dan McWilliams When a church is filled with the faithful at a priest’s 50th-anniversary celebration, and when some two dozen priests turn out for the occasion, it speaks to the love for the …

Bishop Stika dedicates Rutledge church

New St. John Paul II Catholic Mission building serves Grainger County faith community By Dan McWilliams When Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the new church building for St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge on May 29, he shared his personal connection with its namesake pope. The bishop was …

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Mystery of iniquity

We live in a time ‘marked by distress’ and a trial that does not spare the Church By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Why do the nations rage and the peoples utter folly? The kings of the earth rise up, and the princes conspire together against the Lord and his anointed: …

KCHS wins four spring-sports state championships

The Lady Irish capture three tennis titles, and Keegan Smith brings home a track first-place finish Spring-sports state titles again came Knoxville Catholic High School’s way as the Lady Irish tennis players won an individual, a doubles, and a team championship, and track standout Keegan Smith captured a 1,600-meter-run crown. …