Chosen to serve

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomes three new transitional deacons as it celebrates a triple ordination  By Gabrielle Nolan Three Diocese of Knoxville seminarians are one step closer to priesthood after being ordained to the diaconate on Sunday, May 29, at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in …

Funeral Mass held for Sr. Maris Stella Mogan

Sister of Mercy served at St. Mary’s Medical Center, appeared with Peyton Manning in TV ads Sister Maris Stella Mogan, RSM, who served for nearly two decades at St. Mary’s Medical Center and helped launch Peyton Manning’s successful second career in advertising, died April 18 after an extended illness. She …

Knights’ Silver Rose visits St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville

A Silver Rose was featured prominently in a special liturgical service March 30 at St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville. The Silver Rose program, sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 15585, is a national devotion in honor of Our Lady, with a specific dedication to the sanctity of human …

Sobering statistics on mental health

Even great saints experienced mental illness; the Church has resources to help those who suffer By Bob Hunt The statistics on mental health in the United States are sobering. According to the National Institute for Mental Health, 52.9 million adults, or 21 percent of the adult population, experience a mental …

Easter basket project in Chattanooga brings joy to children in need

An Easter basket project in Chattanooga started about eight or so years ago with one individual person, Joni Hotchkiss, who liked to bring joy by making Easter baskets for others in need. Once she was making more baskets than she could handle by herself, it grew into a Lenten service …

Funeral Mass held for William Gaines ‘Bill’ Fogarty

William Gaines “Bill” Fogarty Sr., age 95, of Farragut, passed away peacefully April 11 in his home. Mr. Fogarty, who was born Aug. 11, 1926, was a faithful member of St. John Neumann Church. He attended Central High School in Knoxville before being inducted into the U.S. Army in the …

Sr. Mary Jane Herlik, OP, who served in Chattanooga, dies

Sister Mary Jane (Querin) Herlik, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa died April 4. Professed in 1950, she taught in the following schools: Visitation, Chicago; St. Patrick, Ottawa, Ill; St. Patrick, Madison, Wis.; Trinity, River Forest, Ill.; Bishop Lynch, Dallas, where she also served as co-principal; and Notre Dame …

New Paulist priest finds hidden joys in ministry

Fr. Richard Whitney ‘juggling’ first year of priesthood, service on UT campus    By Gabrielle Nolan Paulist Father Richard Whitney describes his first year of priesthood as a “whirlwind.” “I don’t know that I’ve ever known time to fly by so happily before or in my life,” the 53-year-old priest said. …

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali meet with Ukraine archbishop

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church leader invites U.S. bishops to visit war-torn nation By Jim Wogan The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has experienced the horrible impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine in grotesquely vivid ways. In early April, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was called to pray before mutilated …

No one Catholic school student is like another

Parents and school staffers are sometimes surprised—and relieved—on graduation day By George Valadie Since we’ve retired, the concept of time has taken on an odd sensation. Random days are crazy busy. But others—when there’s not as much to do—feel like they crawl by, hours barely creeping along if they move …

Feeding the 5(0),000

KDCCW hosts meal-packing event to provide food for people in the nations of Haiti and Guatemala   By Emily Booker “Jesus replied, ‘They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat’” (Matthew 14:16). With one boy’s offering of five loaves and two fish, Christ was able to …

UTK students consider Catholic law society

Bishop Stika meets with group looking to form a faith-based legal organization on campus By Jim Wogan The University of Tennessee-Knoxville could be the next college campus to host a Catholic legal society for students. While the idea is still in its early stages, Bishop Richard F. Stika met recently …