Father Valentin Iurochkin incardinated into diocese

The native of Russia says he now ‘belongs permanently’ to the Church in East Tennessee   By Dan McWilliams Father Valentin Iurochkin, a native of Russia, has traveled the world in his time in the seminary and the priesthood, but now he can officially call East Tennessee his home. Bishop Richard …

Hispanic youth create a wall of faith, hope, and love

Sr. Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school taught students to embrace their ‘desert’ journey By Bill Brewer Hispanic members of Sister Imelda Quechol’s vacation Bible school class have embraced a wall and what it can represent, although this wall is very different than the one that comes to mind for many …

Historical artifacts of Father Patrick Ryan find a home in basilica

Possible second-class relics from Servant of God’s remains occupy a casket in anticipation of canonization By Gabrielle Nolan In the Church, relics are an important component of the Catholic faith, commemorating the saints who have gone before who are able to intercede in the lives of the faithful through their …

Farewell to a gifted priest

Funeral Mass for Diocese of Knoxville pastor and military chaplain; Fr. Joe Brando celebrated by Bishop Stika at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul By Dan McWilliams One would be hard-pressed to find an area of Church life that Father Joe Brando did not touch. The priest of 49 …

A priestly vocation takes a worldwide journey

Russia native Father Valentin Iurochkin learns diocesan life in East Tennessee  By Gabrielle Nolan The word “catholic” means “universal,” and one priest who exemplifies this universal faith is Father Valentin Iurochkin, IVE, the current parochial vicar at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga. Father Iurochkin, 29, is …

Funeral Mass for Deacon Tom McConnell held at basilica

Retired Army colonel, Junior ROTC leader served at Sts. Peter and Paul in many ways By The East Tennessee Catholic A funeral Mass for Deacon Tom McConnell, who served at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, was held Oct. 9 at the basilica, with basilica rector Father David Carter …

Father Ryan returns to Sts. Peter and Paul

Remains of historic Chattanooga priest moved to specially built tomb inside the basilica By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the memorial Mass and re-entombment of Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan on July 31 at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, a miracle attributable to …

Servant of God’s remains successfully exhumed

By Dan McWilliams At 10:50 on the morning of July 27, Father David Carter’s voice rang out at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga: “We are about to lift the coffin from the grave.” And with that, the sainthood cause of Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan took a crucial step, …

Inquiry begins into Fr. Ryan sainthood cause

Basilica at center of historic moment as Bishop Stika presides in opening session By Bill Brewer The cause for the beatification and canonization of Servant of God Patrick Ryan took a historic turn Sept. 28 with the opening session of an inquiry into the East Tennessee priest’s life and the …

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 …

 Basilica joins list of churches adding weekly Latin Masses

Bishop supports regular extraordinary form celebrations for Chattanooga, warns against illicit Masses outside of Church Bishop Richard F. Stika, working with Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul rector Father David Carter, has authorized the addition of a traditional Latin Mass to the Basilica’s regular Sunday Mass schedule on a weekly …

Basilica moves Hispanic ministries to newer location

Exit from outdated All Saints Academy building places outreach efforts closer to Latino community By Dan McWilliams The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga is cutting ties after more than nine decades with All Saints Academy, its nearby building that has fallen into disrepair after serving the parish …