Knoxville Catholic athletes commit on National Signing Day

By Dan McWilliams National Signing Day on Feb. 2 was once again a big event for Knoxville Catholic High School student athletes. Eight seniors from KCHS signed national letters of intent with colleges and universities. Six Fighting Irish football players signed: Tommy Winton with East Tennessee State University, Javis Mynatt …

Bishop Stika, Father Collins receive Catholic Scouting’s St. George Medal

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the annual diocesan Scouting Mass and breakfast Feb. 12 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but he may have been surprised at the latter event when he was among the youth and adults receiving awards. Bishop Stika …

Knights of Columbus Council 645 marks 120 years of service

Members past and present are recognized for continuing the faith-based traditions of one of Tennessee’s oldest councils By Bill Brewer Knights of Columbus Council 645 at Immaculate Conception Church marked a milestone last month when it celebrated its 120th anniversary, tracing its origin to February 1902. To put the date …

Funeral Mass held for Bill Shero Jr.

A funeral Mass was celebrated March 3 at Holy Ghost Church for Bill Shero Jr., 76, who died Feb. 24. A man of strong faith, Mr. Shero exemplified the spirit of Jesus in his interactions with everyone he met. He was born and raised in Murrysville, Pa. He was commissioned …

Celestina Pint of Sacred Heart earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Celestina Pint, a Knoxville Catholic High School junior, a parishioner of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Girl Scout Ambassador in Troop 20269, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the most prestigious award that Girl Scouts can earn. In an effort that began nearly a …

Wedding celebration welcomes back Sacred Heart newlyweds

Dozens of couples married at new cathedral since 2018 reunite to mark National Marriage Week USA By Gabrielle Nolan Nearly 50 married couples gathered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville for an evening to celebrate their unique marriages. The event, which took place the …

Who am I?

The question Jesus asks all of us is the key to knowing our true identity and purpose in life By Bishop Richard F. Stika “Today, I must stay at your house.” — Luke 19:5 Welcoming Christ. It is generally considered rude to invite oneself to another’s house. But in the …

Sewing ministry creates hygiene kits for women

Group at All Saints Parish imitates the example of St. Tabitha to help women around the world By Gabrielle Nolan Here in the West, it is called “period poverty.” When girls and young women do not have the resources to care for their monthly menstrual cycles, they are forced to …

SEEK22 regional event brings youth to diocese

Nearly 1,000 FOCUS students attend conference in downtown Knoxville          By Gabrielle Nolan “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” College students traveled to Knoxville to do just that for SEEK22, the annual winter conference hosted Feb. 4-6 by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). FOCUS …

‘What are you waiting for?’

FOCUS missionaries are changing lives by bringing the Catholic faith to university students By Claire Collins My sophomore year of college at the University of Tennessee, I was getting closer and closer to leaving the Catholic Church. While my Dominican Catholic education had convinced me of Jesus’ presence in the …

Father Jim Vick installed as pastor of St. Bridget

The priest has been at the Dayton parish a little while, but Bishop Stika made his position official   By Dan McWilliams Although he had been appointed to lead the parish in October 2020, Father Jim Vick had never been installed as pastor of St. Bridget in Dayton until Bishop Richard …

A teleological question: Why do we exist?

Lent is a good time to reflect on the mystery of the meaning of our lives, our telos By Bob Hunt The Greek telos, from which is derived “teleology,” is a word packed with meaning. It is used to signify the end goal or purpose of something, an action or …