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 …