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On wings and prayers

Hope Kitchen offers spiritual nourishment as it feeds and clothes the homeless in Knoxville and perhaps beyond Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Bill Brewer and Stephanie Richer Mike and Melanie Wrinkle have come to believe in wings and prayers. The members of Holy Ghost Church rely on them when …

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Keeping the needy fed during the pandemic

Diocese of Knoxville parishes and organization live out Christ’s message to feed the hungry By Dan McWilliams Feeding the hungry is among the most basic of the corporal works of mercy, and several Catholic food pantries around the Diocese of Knoxville are doing just that. For some pantries, the coronavirus …

Rising above the pandemic

Diocesan ministries continue serving despite COVID-19 and its aftereffects By Bill Brewer If hope opens doors, then Bishop Richard F. Stika is an optimistic — and joyful — spiritual doorman. As the nation and the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 and its ghastly ripples, the risen Jesus is all …

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee honors those who serve

Annual event raises funds for operations throughout the Diocese of Knoxville; Chattanooga dinner postponed         By Emily Booker It was an evening of hope and celebration at the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s annual “Sapphire Soiree” dinner on March 5 at Rothchild Conference Center in Knoxville. Hundreds attended for an evening …

A Joyful Witness

How the Bishop’s Appeal transforms lives in the Diocese of Knoxville Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer In early February, Bishop Richard F. Stika’s voice boomed across the Diocese of Knoxville with a message for all parishioners. “It is a joy to be with you on this feast …

NDHS students take part in benefit bake sale

Some 20 young people volunteer for a two-day ‘bake off’ to help Catholic Charities of East Tennessee By Emily Booker If you were to walk the hallways of Notre Dame High School after school Nov. 5 and 6, you might have noted the sweet scent of baking cookies and jolly …

CCETN luncheon benefits children’s shelter

University of Tennessee athletics director Phillip Fulmer keynotes the 365 Days of Hope event By Emily Booker Teamwork, community, and children’s safety were on the minds of everyone attending Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 365 Days of Hope Luncheon on Nov. 24 at The Press Room in Knoxville. The annual …

CCETN’s Paul Ritter trains to be stronger leader

By Emily Booker Catholic Charities is rooted in love, but it can take a lot of business savvy to coordinate nine different programs helping thousands of clients all over the region. So when Paul Ritter, director of programs for Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, had the opportunity to further develop …

Feeding Happy Holler

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s community garden yields vegetables for North Knoxville residents By Emily Booker If you build it, they will eat. That’s the hope for Lisa Healy, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, as she looks out at the newly planted community garden at the CCETN …

Community service is the focus of Catholic Charities dinners

Fundraisers held in Knoxville, Chattanooga to raise awareness of CCETN programs in East Tennessee By Emily Booker The annual Catholic Charities of East Tennessee dinners, held in Knoxville and Chattanooga, enhanced their content this year with additions of a silent auction, live music, and dancing. But the most substantial change …

Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Place expands to house more seniors

By Emily Booker Samaritan Place unveiled its larger quarters during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 30. The long-anticipated expansion project will allow the program to help more seniors in crisis. “For every single person here who calls Samaritan Place home this is a place of comfort and refuge from life …

Office of Immigrant Services outgrows CCETN location

Move to larger quarters in Knoxville will allow assistance to more people as workload grows By Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s Office of Immigrant Services held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Knoxville location on Sept. 13. With the help of a grant from the Office of Criminal …