God’s special carpenter

St. Joseph assists us in building our heart into a beautiful cathedral dwelling of God By Bishop Richard F. Stika “If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor.” — Psalm 127:1 Of the many magnificent feats of construction in the history of human endeavors, …

Legacy of ‘Ethel’s Tree’ continues in Fairfield Glade

Story submitted by Mary Lampugnano of St. Francis of Assisi Parish Christmastime is a time of giving and of joy. Organizations come together to sponsor projects in their communities to help the needy or to bring joy to children by bringing gifts for underprivileged children. Many churches participate in this …

Knights of Columbus sponsor Men of the Cross online retreat

Substitute for mid-year business meeting inspired by call to make Knights councils and members more ‘Christo-centric’ By Andy Telli In his essence, God is love and relationship, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville said during the Men of the Cross online retreat sponsored by the Tennessee Council …

Diocesan schools raffle sales up 27.5 percent

In its second year as a straight raffle, the fundraiser awarded $27,000 in prize money for 2020-21 By Bill Brewer Despite ongoing challenges from COVID-19, Diocese of Knoxville schools are off to a healthy start in 2021. On Jan. 12, winners of the diocesan Catholic Schools annual raffle were drawn, …

Jesus fulfills the Old Testament

He came not ‘to abolish the law and the prophets . . . but to fulfill them’ By Sister Anna Marie McGuan, RSM Toward the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says: “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come …

His wife ‘is on a mission to de-deck our lives’

While emptying out closets is fine, let’s not forget this year to clean out our hearts By George Valadie I can’t believe she made me do it. It’s not even February, and she made me take down our Christmas tree. Not just taking the ornaments off—she’s made me do that …

Funeral Mass held for St. Albert the Great member Ann Schaad

A funeral Mass was celebrated for Ann Elizabeth Sudduth Schaad on Dec. 4 at St. Albert the Great Church, with Father Chris Michelson officiating. Mrs. Schaad died peacefully at her home on Nov. 29. She was 90. A native of Birmingham, Ala., Mrs. Schaad and her husband, John, married in …

St. Cecilia Congregation mourns death of Sr. Mary George

Sister Mary George Barrett, O.P., a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville for 71 years, died Jan. 1. She was 91. Sister Mary George served for more than 40 years as a teacher and principal in Catholic schools in Tennessee, Illinois, Alabama, and Louisiana. She …

Funeral Mass held for Sr. Mary Thomasetta Mogan, RSM

Sister Mary Thomasetta Mogan, RSM, died peacefully on Jan. 21 after a short illness. Sister Thomasetta, who was a Sister of Mercy for 67 years, died at Mercy Convent in Nashville. She was 90. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Helen Mogan; and her siblings, Dr. …

Diocese of Knoxville staffers retiring from Chancery, Notre Dame HS

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced the retirements of two employees who have performed key functions for the Diocese of Knoxville. Peggy Humphreys, who has served as executive secretary to Bishop Stika since his arrival in the diocese in 2009, announced in early January her retirement, which was effective Jan. …

Cathedral funeral Mass celebrated for Dr. John Sullivan

Dr. John E. Sullivan Jr., 68, a talented and professionally well-recognized Knoxville endodontist, died unexpectedly on Nov. 24 from severe hypoglycemia. Dr. Sullivan was born in January 1952 in Memphis and was preceded in death by his parents, John (Jack) and Corinne (Boots) Sullivan, and by his beloved wife for …

Diocese of Knoxville in compliance with child protection requirements

The Diocese of Knoxville is in compliance with data collection requirements for the 2019-20 audit period set forth by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. According to a Dec. 1 letter to Bishop Richard F. Stika from the USCCB child protection …