Basilica rosary prayed in response to St. Stephen vandalism

Parishioners from the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Stephen Church gathered on Sunday, July 19, in front of the basilica’s Marian Grotto to pray the rosary in reparation for sins against holy things. The rosary was in response to recent vandalism and arson of churches and statues …

Faithful to the Mission

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, reflects on her time establishing St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker Sister Mariana Koonce arrived in Knoxville in the fall of 2012, having recently taken her temporary vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. As she has …

Sacrifice and Sacrament

The Mass is Christ’s perfect sacrifice of adoration, thanksgiving, atonement, and petition By Bishop Richard F. Stika Purpose is what gives personal meaning to any endeavor and helps to creatively form and direct our heart’s energy. Without it, things become confused, and we lose enthusiasm and commitment. So it is …

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The Cuzco Legacy

Children of Catholic art genre carrying on the family tradition Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer When Clorinda Galdos Bell presses her intricately woven paint brush against a canvas, she’s illustrating her faith for all to see. It’s her vocation, her charism, her ministry. Will it be her …

Bishop Stika joins call for prayers and support to help Beirut after explosion

Bishop Richard F. Stika joins with all bishops of the United States in a stand of solidarity with the people of Lebanon following the devastating explosion in Beirut Aug. 4 that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands more. The tragedy is even more personal for Bishop Stika, who …