Elizabeth Currie

Elizabeth Ann Slowinski Currie of Hixson passed away peacefully on March 9 with her children by her side. Mrs. Currie was born in Ionia, Mich., on Jan. 9, 1939, to Arthur and Alice Slowinski. In 1945, she moved to Port Huron, Mich., where she graduated from St. Stephen High School. …

Looking at the Prayer Over the Offerings

The language of sacrifice and offering or oblation is prominent in this second proper prayer By Father Randy Stice Last month, I began a three-part series on the proper prayers of the Mass: the Collect, the Prayer Over the Offerings, and the Prayer After Communion, beginning with the Collect. In …

Joseph MacDonald

Joseph Graham “Joe” MacDonald, husband of late wife Liz, father to Meghan and Erin, and beloved member of the Knoxville community, entered eternal life on April 9 following a series of health challenges. Mr. MacDonald, powered by his faith, his love for his family, and his dedication to golf, died …

Bishop-elect Beckman’s episcopal formation has ties to East Tennessee

Bishop-elect Beckman’s episcopal formation has ties to East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams The 5,000 who attended the ordination of Bishop Anthony J. O’Connell and the formal establishment of the Diocese of Knoxville on Sept. 8, 1988, did not know it, but the fourth bishop of Knoxville was seated among them …

A commitment to faith

Funeral Mass celebrated for Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, longtime school leader By Bill Brewer Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, a veteran educator who served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools during her long, distinguished tenure in the Diocese of Knoxville, died on April 8 following a brief illness. She was 88. …

Studying the ‘book of the Church’

Diocesan deacon wants Catholics to be familiar with Scripture By Gabrielle Nolan For more than four decades, Deacon Bob Hunt has been teaching the Catholic faith “to everybody from preschoolers to retirees.” “That’s what I love to do,” he said. “The two things I’m willing to say I do well …

Reaction to bishop-elect’s appointment is fast and favorable

By Bill Brewer News that Nashville priest Father Mark Beckman will be the Diocese of Knoxville’s fourth bishop was met with an immediate air of familiarity and comfort by many across East Tennessee. Within minutes of Pope Francis announcing early May 7 that Father Beckman will lead the diocese, texts, …

‘Patterned after the person of our Lord’

Fr. Mark Beckman named diocese’s new bishop By Bill Brewer and Dan McWilliams Pope Francis reached into the ranks of Tennessee priests to select the Diocese of Knoxville’s next bishop. Bishop-elect James Mark Beckman was introduced on May 7 as the fourth shepherd of the Church in East Tennessee immediately …

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Mary: A study in motherhood

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul retreat looks at Blessed Mother’s sorrowful heart By Claire Collins A motherhood retreat, led by the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga on March 9, featured the theme “A sword shall pierce your heart: how to bear the wounds of motherhood through …

Bonnie Lee Larison

Bonnie Lee Larison of Knoxville passed away on Feb. 29 in Winter Haven, Fla., at the age of 79. Mrs. Larison was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who will be greatly missed by all those who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Vernon Rice …

Louis Joseph LaMarche Jr.

Retired Army Col. Louis Joseph LaMarche Jr. of Farragut passed away Feb. 24. He was 88. Mr. LaMarche was a loving son, brother, husband, father, uncle, cousin, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved his faith, his family, his beloved city of Farragut, his Clemson Tigers, and being a competitive runner. He …

Pope Francis appoints Father James Mark Beckman next Bishop of Knoxville

Pope Francis has appointed Father James Mark Beckman, 61, a priest of the Diocese of Nashville for more than three decades, as the fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. The appointment was announced in Washington, D.C., on May 7, 2024, by Cardinal Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United …