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Fr. Mike Nolan appointed dean of Chattanooga Deanery

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Mike Nolan, pastor of St. Thérèse of Lisieux Parish in Cleveland, the dean of the Chattanooga Deanery. The appointment was effective Oct. 1. Father Nolan succeeds Father Charles Burton, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Chattanooga, who has served as dean since 2013. …

Diocese of Knoxville churches schedule Lenten penance services

Churches in the Diocese of Knoxville have scheduled Lenten penance services through the end of March. Chattanooga Deanery All services begin at 7 p.m. unless noted otherwise: Thursday, March 5, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Chattanooga; Thursday, March 12, St. Jude, Chattanooga; Wednesday, March 18, Holy Spirit, Soddy Daisy; 5:30 …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of …

St. Stephen Church hosts Family Honor workshop

Some Chattanooga Deanery families have taken advantage of a program aimed at preparing and empowering parents, the primary educators of their children, and church leaders to evangelize about the truth and meaning of God’s gift of sexuality. St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chattanooga hosted a unique chastity program Feb. 7-8 …

Bishop Stika appoints two diocesan deans

Bishop Richard F. Stika announced Sept. 19 that he has appointed two new deans for the Diocese of Knoxville. “Father Charlie Burton has accepted my request to serve as dean of the Chattanooga Deanery, and Father Peter Iorio has accepted my request to serve as dean of the Five Rivers …