Jesus in the public square

Corpus Christi celebrated with eucharistic procession through downtown Knoxville By Bill Brewer The questions and comments were many, and they were spoken by people from all walks of life. “What is that?” “Who is this?” “What are they doing?” “Why are they doing this?” “Look Mommy, it’s a parade!” “What’s …

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Tennessee bishops praise court’s ruling in abortion case

By Katie Peterson / Tennessee Register The three bishops of Tennessee praised the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which reversed the precedent set in the 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade declaring a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion. And agencies and organizations that …

Fr. Joe Pat Breen, a beloved priest of Nashville, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated May 27 for Father Joseph Patrick “Joe Pat” Breen, a priest of the Diocese of Nashville who at one time served as pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland as well as at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Chattanooga and as assistant …

Bishop Stika appoints Fr. Michael Cummins vicar for priests

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Michael Cummins as vicar for priests effective July 1. Father Cummins will continue as pastor of St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport as well as continuing to chair the Diocese of Knoxville’s Presbyteral Council until the end of his term in November. Father Cummins …

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 …

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 …

A diocesan first

Bishop Richard F. Stika reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali made Diocese of Knoxville history on Nov. 28 by participating in the Ordinary Consistory for new cardinals from Knoxville. Cardinal Rigali, who is in residence in Knoxville, took part in the Consistory via Zoom, the Internet-based meeting link that has become …

Thoughts on Crucial Voting Decisions

By Debbie & Duane Donahoo All Saints Parish As Americans consider their choices in the coming elections, we have a wealth of information on candidates and what their positions are on crucial issues. The data we need to make our choices are widely and easily available. But, in addition to …

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New safe environment program replaces VIRTUS training

The Diocese of Knoxville is introducing a new safe environment program for the protection of children and vulnerable adults that will apply to all diocesan volunteers and employees. Effective July 1, the diocese has implemented the CMG Connect online platform to administer the safe environment program, which replaces the VIRTUS …