Diocese to celebrate families and children with special needs

‘Bishop’s Very Special Day’ will be held Sept. 25 on the Sacred Heart Cathedral campus; Mass to follow             By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville will host a day for families, adults, and children with special needs at the parish hall and pavilion of the Cathedral of the Most …

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Chosen for the order of the priesthood

Fr. Matthew Donahue becomes the 56th priest ordained for the Diocese of Knoxville By Dan McWilliams To hear Lydia Donahue tell it, it’s no wonder her son Matthew became a priest, with all of the Catholic vocation examples he has had in his life. “First is Father David Mary Engo, …

Cardinal injured, priest dead in Haiti earthquake

More than 2,000 killed in disaster as Catholic Church responds with emergency aid By ACI Prensa and Catholic News Service Cardinal Chibly Langlois, bishop of Les Cayes in Haiti and president of Haiti’s Bishops’ Conference, was injured while a Catholic priest died early in the morning of Aug. 14 after …

Funeral Mass for Kathy DeWine held at the cathedral

Kathryn Catena Wilbanks DeWine passed away peacefully at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville on July 15, surrounded by her children. Mrs. DeWine was born on Oct. 23, 1942, in Dalton, Ga., and grew up there among lifelong friends until she was a freshman in high school, when her mother moved …

The language of love

Regional accents can highlight distinctions, but communicating with affection brings everyone together            By Bill Brewer Older confirmands were again front and center in the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Pentecost Sunday after a year hiatus due to COVID-19 as Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed the …

Sent forth to proclaim the Word of God

Sending of the Neophytes Mass resumes as East Tennessee’s newest Catholics pick up the cross By Dan McWilliams Many of the nearly 200 people who came into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil in the Diocese of Knoxville were formally sent forth in the annual Sending of the …

‘He is risen’

Saving us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit By Bill Brewer Easter Masses were again teeming with people two years after pews were last full for the holiest of liturgical celebrations. And the Catholic Church in East Tennessee welcomed nearly 200 new members who joined …

Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish kicks off sponsorship campaign for Haiti students

By Hiske Jones School looked diff erent for many children this year. Amid a pandemic that forced school closures around the world and parents and educators adapting to make sure students continued to learn, one thing remained clear: a quality education is essential to a child’s wellbeing and success in …

Bishop Stika, Sacred Heart Cathedral featured in ‘The Chair’

Catholic media ministry, profiling U.S. cathedrals, bishops in TV series, also interviews rector Father Boettner By Emily Booker If walls could talk, what would a cathedral say? The Diocese of Knoxville recently welcomed DeSales Media Group, a Catholic media production ministry out of the Diocese of Brooklyn to find out …

Funeral Mass held for bottling CEO Bernard J. Hartman

A funeral Mass was held for Bernard Joseph Hartman on Aug. 25 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Mass was celebrated by Father Martin Gladysz, associate pastor of the cathedral. Mr. Hartman, 85, who died Aug. 2, was a graduate of Knoxville Catholic High School …