Cali seminarian embraces challenges of priestly studies

Arthur Torres Barona served internship at St. Mary in Johnson City Arthur Torres Barona is a Theology III student at Sacred Heart School of Theology in Hales Corners, Wis. He recently completed an internship at St. Mary Parish in Johnson City. He is the son of Duvan Torres Gil and …

IC assignment gives Paulist priest southern exposure

Father Gerard Tully embraces Mother Mary after leaving Ma Bell Father Gerard Tully, CSP, is the associate pastor at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville, his first assignment in the southern United States. He has served in Arizona, Texas, Oregon, Rome, and Canada. Father Tully was the elder of two sons …

Immaculate Conception parishioner in spotlight on ‘Duets’

Alexis Foster takes national stage on ABC talent series after honing skills in church choir Alexis Foster’s final semester at the University of Tennessee came in stages. Actually, Ms. Foster has gone from the graduation stage to a nationally televised stage as part of the new ABC prime-time talent search …

Diocese of Knoxville’s 40th priest ordained

Dustin Collins, calling ordination a blessing, assigned to St. Mary in Oak Ridge The diocese’s newest priest called his ordination “a very exciting blessing for me in my life after eight years of being a seminarian.” “It’s a blessing to be ordained a priest of God, a priest of the …

‘God shining down on them’ — the Rinnie miracle

In aftermath of tornado, family rebuilding with a hand from St. Alphonsus, Catholic Charities Shannon Bice and husband Paul Vickers have lost almost everything—and they consider themselves blessed. The Cumberland County couple continues to pick up the pieces after a tornado destroyed their house and belongings on Feb. 29. But …

NFL’s Vikings take KCHS grad Harrison Smith in first round

Minnesota move ‘just another extension’ of experiences at Sacred Heart, Knox Catholic, Notre Dame Knoxville Catholic High School and University of Notre Dame graduate Harrison Smith is now a Minnesota Viking after the NFL team drafted him April 26 as the 29th overall pick in the first round. Getting the …

Chrism Mass: ‘What a Wonderful Night This Is’

Every seat was filled in Sacred Heart Cathedral on April 3 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated his fourth chrism Mass as the Diocese of Knoxville’s shepherd. “What a wonderful night this is as the Church of East Tennessee gathers from all the different corners together with our priests and …