Bishop welcomes new priests, appoints staff

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that two priests will be joining the Diocese of Knoxville for positions in Union and Grainger counties and in Chattanooga. Father Aaron Wessman has been assigned by the Glenmary Home Missioners to assist Father Steve Pawelk in ministering to the faithful in Union and …

Ministries Day set for Oct. 20 at St. John Neumann

The Diocese of Knoxville’s Office of Christian Formation is sponsoring a Ministries Day on Oct. 20 at St. John Neumann School in Farragut. This year’s theme is “The New Evangelization: Forming Disciples of Jesus Christ.” The event is open to all who share the Catholic Faith … parents, student youth …

Knoxville abortion clinic closes doors, cites new state law

Pro-life advocates credit legislation, 38 years of prayers, vigils for ‘moment of grace’ When Lisa Morris saw a moving van outside a Knoxville abortion clinic, signaling the facility’s closure after nearly four full decades in business, she called it “almost a surreal moment.” “I just stopped. I pulled in and …

Christopher Manning ordained to diaconate

Knoxville Catholic High School grad is one step closer to priesthood Christopher Manning moved one step closer to the priesthood as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained him to the transitional diaconate Aug. 4 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Deacon Manning recently completed a summer Clinical Pastoral Education assignment as a chaplain …

World’s Longest Yard Sale is a Haiti mission for St. Augustine parishioners

Parishioners at St. Augustine Church in Signal Mountain aren’t letting the World’s Longest Yard Sale pass them by. They’re taking part as a way to benefit the American Haitian Foundation, a charity that originated at St. Augustine. St. Augustine members in early August set up a tent and sold the …

Deacon to lead ‘Faith and Reason’ course

Deacon Mike Gouge is no stranger to scientific theory. In fact, the Ph.D. and recent retiree from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has thrived on research about the beginnings of the universe. Now, Deacon Gouge wants to preach what he has practiced by leading an adult faith formation class called “Faith …

Parish notes: Chattanooga Deanery

St. Augustine, Signal Mountain Parishioners of St. Augustine, for the 23rd year, partnered with Signal Mountain Social Services to provide new school supplies, backpacks, and clothing vouchers for 93 needy students in elementary through high school during August. St. Catherine Labouré, Copperhill The parish will have a Catholicism Study Program …

Parish notes: Cumberland Mountain Deanery

St. Francis of Assisi, Fairfield Glade St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade will have a blessing of firefighters and EMS personnel at the 10 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Sept. 9. The Council of Catholic Women’s first meeting will be held following the 8 a.m. Mass on Wednesday, Sept. …

Cumberland Mountain Deanery calendar

Sister Elizabeth Wanyoike, coordinator of adult faith formation at St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut, will present “Family Crisis: A Blessing or a Curse” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in the St. John Neumann School cafeteria. Married couples and widowed or divorced adults are encouraged to attend. …

Five Rivers Deanery calendar

Judi Phillips, MS, FCP, will present an introduction to the Creighton Model System of Natural Family Planning in the church basement at St. Mary Church in Johnson City from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. The presentation will include an overview of how the method is used to monitor a couple’s …

Father Brando celebrating 40th anniversary

Father Joe Brando, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Gatlinburg, will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his priestly ordination with an open house at the American Legion Post 202 at 1222 E. Parkway in Gatlinburg from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21. Father Brando was ordained a priest June 3, 1972, …

Smoky Mountain Deanery calendar

A Seekers of Silence Contemplative Saturday Morning will be held Sept. 29 at John XXIII Catholic Center in Knoxville. Deacon David Lucheon will speak on the topic “The Eucharist: Its Jewish Roots—A Sacrifice and a Meal.” Coffee and tea will be served at 8:30 a.m.; the workshop will run from …