Judge Susano retiring from Tennessee Court of Appeals

After more than 25 years of service, Tennessee’s longest serving state appellate judge, Charles D. Susano Jr., has announced he will retire from the bench effective April 30. Judge Susano is a longtime parishioner of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. In a letter to …

Notre Dame boys bowling team knocks down state championship in Division II

The Notre Dame High School boys bowling team captured the Division II state championship Jan. 25 with an 18-9 win over Christian Brothers in the finals at Smyrna Bowling Center. The Fighting Irish held a 3,464-3,233 pin-fall advantage over the Memphis team, including a whopping 1,267-1,056 win in game three …

‘Humbled and blessed’

Father Steve Pawelk exits East Tennessee for new Glenmary assignment after building Catholic communities in Union, Grainger counties By Bill Brewer As Father Steve Pawelk packed his belongings, mementos, and memories from eight years of ministry in East Tennessee, the Glenmary Home Missioners priest couldn’t help but reflect on the …

#iGiveCatholic is a success

$62,000 raised in 24-hour campaign By Emily Booker Hundreds of people “gave Catholic” on Giving Tuesday as 22 parishes, schools, and ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville received $62,871 through the online #iGiveCatholic campaign. As part of Giving Tuesday, which was Dec. 3, the #iGiveCatholic campaign was started in the …

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Understanding the Mass, Part I

There exists a dire need for a renewed catechesis upon the liturgy and the Eucharist By Bishop Richard F. Stika The Magi “were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary His mother. They prostrated themselves and did Him homage. Then they …

Holding on to Christmas

Wouldn’t it be nice if that special feeling stayed with us all year long? Stop reading. Look up. Over there in the corner. Is your Christmas tree still there? Lights glimmering, ornaments shining, star on top brightening your home? Or is it long gone? Tossed out or packed away with …

Bond of Brothers

Meetings between Pope Francis, Bishop Stika during ad limina visit yield a friendly exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and humor By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika went to the Vatican in early December bearing good news about the Diocese of Knoxville, and despite a schedule that can best be …

Discerning the permanent diaconate

Bishop Stika presides at the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders for the next class of deacons By Dan McWilliams Twenty-five men, making up the diocese’s incoming class of permanent deacons, took a major step in their discernment Oct. 20 as they participated in the Rite of Admission …

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New youth ministries focus on instilling virtue

Fraternus for boys and Fidelis for girls meet weekly at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus By Dan McWilliams Two new ministries in the Diocese of Knoxville have been started for boys and girls in grades six through 12, and each is designed to form the young …

Vandal’s attack on crucifixes unites basilica, N.C. parish

Desecration of sacred objects prompts faith communities to help St. Joseph’s By Bill Brewer One vandal’s act of desecration has created fellowship between the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and St. Joseph’s Parish in Bryson City, N.C., that is a testament to the teachings of Jesus. And …

Sacred Heart Parish’s Haiti ministry marks 20th year of service

Haitian Cardinal Chibly Langlois visits cathedral campus, appeals to supporters to continue their mission By Bill Brewer When you can’t get to Haiti, Haiti will get to you. And so it was at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Oct. 17-18 when Cardinal Chibly Langlois, bishop of …

Celebrating life in all its ages, stages, and conditions

Tennessee Right to Life recognizes women who have overcome obstacles to live their very best lives By Bill Brewer Life, in all its ages, stages, and conditions was praised on Oct. 15 when some 350 pro-life supporters gathered for the Celebrate Life Banquet sponsored by the Knox County chapter of …