Keegan Smith adds another national title, gym banners to achievements

Keegan Smith’s success keeps on coming. The Sacred Heart Cathedral School eighth-grader won his 22nd national championship in December and was honored Jan. 21 by having new banners placed in the SHCS gym rafters recognizing his achievements. “Eighth-grader Keegan Smith has attended Sacred Heart Cathedral School since he was 6 …

Andrew Cambron of Holy Spirit Parish earns his Eagle Scout Award

Andrew Cambron of Troop 166 in Hixson earned his Eagle Scout Award on Nov. 2. Andrew is the son of Don and Cheryl Cambron of Soddy-Daisy. He is currently a senior at STEM School Chattanooga. In addition to his participating in all the outdoor activities typical of Scouts, Andrew enjoys …

Sister Jolita fundraiser turns 20 years old in 2021

The beloved former St. Joseph School teacher is remembered for her love of students—and of Ireland By Dan McWilliams St. Joseph School in Knoxville is hosting the 20th annual Sister Jolita Supper & Sing-Along from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Because of the COVID pandemic, the event will …

Notre Dame’s CJ Petrin wins bowling state championship

CJ Petrin of Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga has had his eye on the bowling individual state champion title since he was a freshman. In his sophomore and junior years, he earned runner-up honors, falling just three pins short both years. After rolling an 832 four-game series in the …

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Where is our unity in Christ today?

Catholics often take their cues from political leaders rather than the teaching of the Church By Bob Hunt In his letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul wrote: “Now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near through the blood of Christ. It is he who …

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On wings and prayers

Hope Kitchen offers spiritual nourishment as it feeds and clothes the homeless in Knoxville and perhaps beyond Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Bill Brewer and Stephanie Richer Mike and Melanie Wrinkle have come to believe in wings and prayers. The members of Holy Ghost Church rely on them when …

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Art imitates life

Knoxville Catholic High School graduates partner on autobiographical book for children By Dan McWilliams Photography courtesy of Pam Rhodes Two Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) graduates have combined to co-author and illustrate a book, Charlie’s Blue Boots, about the challenges of being a “little person.” Charlie Higdon (’15), his grandmother, …

A brighter year ahead

By George Valadie Wishing you and yours a happy and blessed 2021! I hope. No, that’s not good enough. Not nearly enough. We need to PRAY it happens, not wish it, don’t we? Prayers for even a little bit better of anything would be a good start, wouldn’t it? Literally …

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Liturgical Living

“You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, Lord, until they rest in you” — St. Augustine By Bishop Richard F. Stika The question Jesus asks of His disciples is the most important question of our life that we must answer anew every day. Though we know …

St. Mary Parish breaks ground on parish life center

Gatlinburg church will have more room for CCD classes, other youth and adult programs By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg is bursting at the seams, and the 85-year-old community just recently broke ground on a new parish life center that will help provide space for a growing number …

Looking back, looking ahead

Father Ronald Franco celebrates silver anniversary in the priesthood as he prepares for next assignment By Dan McWilliams The celebration of 25 years as a priest for Father Ronald Franco, CSP, incorporated all three of his assignments, including his latest stop at Immaculate Conception Parish in downtown Knoxville. Slide shows …

Rep. Dunn receives Tennessee Right to Life award

Veteran legislator, longtime Holy Ghost Parish member honored for his service to the state and pro-life movement By Bill Brewer Rep. Bill Dunn, a state legislator whose 26 years in the House helped swing Tennessee from a pro-abortion General Assembly to one that has become decidedly pro-life, received the 2020 …