Seminarians learning that priestly vocation is a bilingual one

Students spending summers between seminary terms mastering the Spanish language ahead of ordination By Bill Brewer Pase la sal y la pimienta por favor. Chances are Robbie Bauman, Joseph Austin, Andrew Crabtree, and Neil Blatchford recognized the request and passed the salt and pepper. Lunch at St. Meinrad Seminary is …

A family’s ‘beautifully tragic story’

Peppermans rely on faith as they remember the husband and father who died saving their lives            By Bill Brewer The love of a close-knit family is among the strongest bonds—strong enough to withstand even the grip of a hurricane-strength rip current. Julie Pepperman is thankful for family. She wouldn’t be …

St. Henry Parish celebrates two milestones

The Rogersville community marks its 55th anniversary and burns a mortgage at the same Mass By Dan McWilliams St. Henry Parish found itself with two things to celebrate July 28. The Rogersville Catholic community marked its 55th anniversary during the Sunday morning Mass, and it concluded the liturgy with a …

Mercy Sister Mary Lillian Heitzeberg dies

Sister Mary Lillian Heitzeberg, 97, who was a member of the Sisters of Mercy for 79 years and taught in Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Nashville and Tennessee, died on July 9 at Mercy Convent in Nashville. Sister Lillian was born June 6, 1922, in Nashville, the daughter of …

Funeral Mass celebrated for Tutter McCabe, charter member of Sacred Heart parish

A funeral Mass for Elizabeth Nickerson “Tutter” McCabe, a charter member of Sacred Heart Parish, was celebrated Aug. 2 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Cathedral rector Father David Boettner celebrated the funeral Mass for Mrs. McCabe, who died July 30 with her family by her …

Fr. Mike Nolan appointed dean of Chattanooga Deanery

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Mike Nolan, pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland, the dean of the Chattanooga Deanery. The appointment was effective Oct. 1. Father Nolan succeeds Father Charles Burton, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga, who has served as dean since 2013. …

40 Days for Life returns for fall diocesan vigil

Parishioners gather for prayer, peaceful presence outside East Knox Planned Parenthood site By Bill Brewer Pro-life prayer warriors are out in force in East Tennessee, and for 40 days they will be storming heaven to intercede for the unborn and women in crisis pregnancies considering abortion. The Diocese of Knoxville …

When culture and faith embrace

Fathers of Mercy sprinkle spiritual salt on KCHS Spirit Week By Pam Rhoades The traveling missionary Fathers of Mercy visited Knoxville Catholic High School during Spirit Week 2019 and delivered a spiritual message students may never forget. The priests were invited as part of a new initiative where the KCHS …

Friends and Eminences

Cardinals Rigali, Levada followed similar Church paths By Jim Wogan The death of Cardinal William J. Levada means the loss of a friend to the Diocese of Knoxville, where Cardinal Levada had visited because of his long friendship with Cardinal Justin Rigali. Cardinal Levada, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for …

St. Dominic School students maintaining a Wildlife Federation-certified garden

By Alyssa Nuehoff There are numerous headlines in the news each week about the state of the environment, the need to plant more trees, and the necessity of increasing sustainability. While most articles seem to be negative, pushing fault on people across the earth, there are the occasional ones that …

Alumnus gives NDHS two $500,000 gifts

Notre Dame High School president George Valadie announced Aug. 27 that the school has received two significant gifts: a $500,000 restricted gift to not only complete the final three phases of renovation in the school’s theater/auditorium but also to provide for multiple needs in other curricular and capital areas, as …

We are part of the communion of saints even now

It is our identity as baptized members of the Body of Christ that makes us saints By Bob Hunt I want to be a saint. I don’t say that with any arrogance, much less with any presumption that my canonization will be imminent upon my death. Still, I do say …