Tennessee law banning abortions takes effect

‘Trigger’ statute a result of Supreme Court ruling returning authority to states       By The East Tennessee Catholic When the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on June 24, the regulation of abortion returned to states. More than a dozen states had passed “trigger laws” …

We don’t need a long life or prosperity

A long life can become a lonely life, St. Ignatius says—what we need are God’s love and grace By Deacon Bob Hunt We only think we plan our lives. This fact struck me once when I was working as a nurse in a pediatric emergency room. A family came in …

Sacred-music lovers flock to Holy Ghost for events

A two-day weekend gathering and a Chant Camp for children draw dozens of participants            By Dan McWilliams Lovers of sacred music, especially Gregorian chant, of all ages attended two special events at Holy Ghost Church in recent weeks. The North Knoxville parish hosted the seventh Southeastern Sacred Music Weekend …

Notre Dame Parish Knights hold fundraiser for Ukraine refugees

The Knights of Columbus of Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville held a pulled-pork fundraiser Aug. 12 for the refugees of Ukraine. The event began Friday morning when several of the Knights came together and got their slow cookers going. Several pork roasts were prepared along with a special homemade barbecue …

KCHS sees four generations of Connor family attend

Helen Mabry Connor, 96, attends a gathering at the school with her children and grandchildren    By Dan McWilliams On the first full day of school Aug. 9, Knoxville Catholic High School began its 90th year with a gathering of four generations of the Connor family, all of whom came through …

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Tears flow when last child goes off to college

Even though that happened 20 years ago, the memory of a daughter moving on remains By George Valadie It was that ugly sort of cry. Probably would have been pretty disconcerting to anyone who happened by, though thankfully no one did. Nancy had run down to the store, and there …

St. Thomas CCW makes ‘Bags of Love’ for children

Council helps Child Advocacy Center with kids who have been removed from their homes or abused By Donna Curry The Kids First Child Advocacy Center (CAC) of Loudon County has just celebrated its 20th anniversary of giving hope—serving children who have been removed from their homes as a result of …

Summer schooling

Diocese of Knoxville seminarians share experiences away from formal studies By Jim Wogan Summer was anything but a vacation for the men studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville. Sure, there were allowances for personal adventures and time to reconnect with family and friends during their break from …

A unique music ministry

Hillbilly Thomists bluegrass band performs for Knights on Opry stage By Katie Peterson Catholic News Service As a boy growing up in the Nashville area, Chris Gautsch never expected to perform on the most well-known stage in the city — the Grand Ole Opry — especially after becoming a Dominican …

Knights of Columbus convene in Nashville

Supreme Convention draws priests, prelates, and brother Knights from around the world By Andy Telli and Katie Peterson Tennessee Register Thousands of Knights of Columbus and their families converged on the Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville for the 140th Supreme Convention for the first in-person convention in three …

Health and Mental Wellness Expo held at All Saints

Event was open to public for awareness and education on ways to live healthier lives By Dan McWilliams More than 225 people attended a Health and Mental Wellness Expo Aug. 19-20 at All Saints Church in Knoxville, where speakers and a number of resources were available to help them. Christine …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic adding 2 locations

Church of Divine Mercy, Helenwood are newest sites for diocesan health-care ministry By Bill Brewer Tan Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City and Brenda Jones of Cleveland have at least one thing in common despite being a world apart culturally. They both want to be a part of the St. …