Diocesan schools raffle sales up 27.5 percent

In its second year as a straight raffle, the fundraiser awarded $27,000 in prize money for 2020-21 By Bill Brewer Despite ongoing challenges from COVID-19, Diocese of Knoxville schools are off to a healthy start in 2021. On Jan. 12, winners of the diocesan Catholic Schools annual raffle were drawn, …

Diocese of Knoxville schools plan for safe, healthy return to classrooms

COVID-19 protocols and procedures are greeting students, faculty at all 10 East Tennessee campuses By Bill Brewer Following a summer break of hope amid uncertainty, Diocese of Knoxville schools are welcoming students and faculty back into classrooms for the start of the 2020-21 academic year. Bishop Richard F. Stika and …

Diocese of Knoxville schools to reopen on August 3

Students, faculty returning to classrooms as administrators work out details for safe resumption of classes By Emily Booker Summer is just beginning, but schools in the Diocese of Knoxville already are planning for the return of students to the classroom in the fall. After a spring of at-home learning, students …

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 …

Raffle raises more than $138,000 for schools

The Diocese of Knoxville Office of Catholic Schools has announced that the 2019 raffle raised more than $138,000 to benefit schools and tuition support. The raffle raised more than $63,000, which will go directly to the schools, and more than $75,000 for tuition assistance. Since its inception three years ago, …

Dr. Sedonna Prater named superintendent of diocesan schools

Former teacher, principal, director of curriculum and instruction becomes fifth leader of 10-school system By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville schools will begin the 2019-2020 academic year with a new superintendent and three new principals among its 10 schools. Dr. Sedonna Prater becomes the diocese’s fifth superintendent with her appointment …

Diocesan schools welcome new principals to begin school year

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville Office of Catholic Schools will welcome three new principals as the 2019-20 school year gets underway. Darlene Lyons is the principal at St. Dominic School in Kingsport, succeeding Tucker Davis, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Mrs. Lyons taught …

A Chaplain’s Last Wish

Father Frank Brett, whose bequest will help Diocese of Knoxville students, will be buried with fallen chaplain brother By Dan McWilliams The legacy of Father Frank Brett lives on in East Tennessee after two of his nephews presented a check for $265,000 from the late priest’s estate to go toward …

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Calendar sales program for schools a success

The program, which included a raffle with 365 winners of cash prizes, raised more than $225,000 for tuition support By Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville school leaders are praising the results of the first calendar sales program and raffle to benefit tuition assistance funds for the diocese’s 10 schools. Sales …

Calendar fundraiser to aid tuition assistance

Participating schools, parishes to benefit when sales begin in September; cash prizes included By Bill Brewer Would you support Catholic education for 10 cents a day? The answer to that question is key to the success of a new fundraising program Diocese of Knoxville schools are launching in September to …

Schools accreditation reaches critical phase

The Diocese of Knoxville school system is being reviewed by AdvancED for certification as a system of excellence       By Bill Brewer Diocesan-wide schools accreditation, a project Diocese of Knoxville education leaders have been working on for two years, reaches a critical phase this month. The diocesan school system is officially …

Principal named to diocesan schools position

Sedonna Prater, who has served as principal of Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville since 2004, has been named director of curriculum and instruction for the Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools. The appointment was announced Jan. 7 by Bishop Richard F. Stika and diocesan schools Superintendent Sister Mary Marta Abbott, …