Notre Dame basketball player Stedmon Ford commits to Lee University

Basketball player Stedmon Ford of Notre Dame High School has committed to Lee University. “Stedmon was a four-year varsity basketball player at Notre Dame High School,” said NDHS head coach J.P. Nerbun. “He was a human highlight reel, scoring over 1,500 points in his ND career and doing what many …

Second Fortnight for Freedom set for June 21-July 4

WASHINGTON—The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year’s Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special …

Marriage enrichment: Dads: giving credit where credit is due

Fathers devoted to their families often are unsung heroes, and their impact on children can be immense In today’s culture, fathers often are the unsung heroes of our families. We hear a lot about single mothers and their children but very little about the fathers who stay. We don’t read …

Living the readings: The power of the Eucharist

Body, Blood of Christ strengthen faith, overcome death and sin June is beginning with a flourish as the feast of Corpus Christi is highlighting the sacrament of the Eucharist. After this feast to the end of the liturgical year Sundays are nameless yet numbered with the exception of the last …

Understanding the sacraments: Mystical rites

A catechesis of the sacrament of holy orders in which Christ authorizes, empowers ministers of grace Baptism, Eucharist and confirmation are the sacraments of initiation through which we receive new life in Christ. Penance and anointing of the sick are sacraments of healing through which we are restored to spiritual …

Bishops praise Senate action on immigration reform

WASHINGTON (CNA)—U.S. bishops welcomed a Senate committee’s passage of a major immigration bill as an “important step,” urging the full senate to consider the bill as soon as possible. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, chair of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration, lauded the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage …

Once upon a time: Understanding the Eucharistic Congress

Signature event will highlight the Diocese of Knoxville’s Silver Jubilee celebration that begins in September I know that many of us are busy promoting the Diocesan Eucharist Congress and Family Weekend at the Sevierville Convention Center Sept. 13-14, 2013. It will certainly be a highlight celebration of the Silver Jubilee …

End of an era for Sister Yvette and St. Therese Church

St. Therese Church in Clinton has grown from a small mission to an established parish since its founding in 1971; and for the past 38 years, Sister Mary Yvette Gillen, RSM, has faithfully served the parishioners and priests of St. Therese as the church has expanded. May 2013 marks the …

Alex and Belen: A golf match made in heaven

Alex Notte and Belen Mozo share a passion for golf. Now, the Bearden High School student who is a member of All Saints Church and the international golf pro have something else in common—a date to remember to Bearden’s senior prom. Alex has become an overnight sensation after being featured …

Emerald Youth Foundation honors Sisters of Mercy

The 20th annual Emerald Youth breakfast that benefits the Emerald Youth Foundation and its efforts to help inner-city youth honored the Sisters of Mercy on May 3 during the event that attracted about 1,000 guests at the Knoxville Expo Center. One of the highlights of the breakfast event was to …

Jury finds Kermit Gosnell, abortion clinic operator, guilty of murder

PHILADELPHIA——Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell on May 13 was convicted on three of the four first degree murder charges for killing babies who had been born alive. Gosnell, 72, could face the death penalty for the murder charges. The jury will hear arguments for and against a death sentence a week …

Pontiff receives greetings from the Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Stika delivers best wishes, invitation, gift to Pope Francis on weeklong Papal Foundation visit The Diocese of Knoxville is making quite an impression on Pope Francis so early in his pontificate. Bishop Richard F. Stika, who serves on the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees, met with the pope in …