Cardinal Rigali to represent U.S. Catholic Church at International Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, will represent the Catholic Church for the United States at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020. The appointment was made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As preparation for …

5,000 faithful attend Eucharistic Congress

Diocese of Knoxville marks 25th anniversary with Holy Eucharist celebration featuring Catholic theology headliners The Diocese of Knoxville commemorated its 25th anniversary in grand fashion Sept. 13-14 as some 5,000 faithful from throughout Tennessee and around the country gathered in prayer and song, fellowship and worship at the Sevierville Convention …

Cardinal Timothy Dolan praises diocese for silver jubilee

New York archbishop: Look at Eucharist from 3 angles  Cardinal Timothy Dolan expressed gratitude at being invited to speak during the Diocese of Knoxville’s Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 14. The Archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, who also is a good friend of …

Father Robert Barron preaches love of the Holy Eucharist

Original sin an interruption of God’s divine meal When Father Robert Barron speaks, people listen, and that certainly was true Sept. 14, when the world-renowned theologian compared the holy sacrifice of the Mass to the Garden of Eden, the Last Supper, and the mountain where Jesus feeds the 5,000. The …

Scott Hahn: Jesus says what he means, means what he says

When confronted by life’s crossroads, renowned theologian’s message for us is remember to ‘Turn down Pride and you’ll find Mercy’ If you are trying to find the road to Emmaus—where two disciples encountered the risen Jesus but only recognized him in the breaking of bread, as told in the Gospel …

Youth Mass attracts students from across Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Stika to teens: You are the Church of today By Will Brewer As hundreds of youth from around the Diocese of Knoxville joined together in worship and praise at the Eucharistic Congress Sept. 13, Bishop Richard F. Stika posed an interesting question to them. “How do you build a …

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali entertain in ‘Evening Chat’

Amusing dialogue gives insight into Church, papacy Watch out Cardinal Dolan and Stephen Colbert, there’s a new Catholic stand-up team and they just might take their brand of catechetical comedy on the road. Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali held an “Evening Chat” Sept. 13 attended by more …

ValLimar Jansen’s spiritual workout connects with youth

Energetic and enthusiastic audience responds to acclaimed singer’s message about taking active interest in the Mass If you were expecting to sit back and be entertained at the workshop led by ValLimar Jansen at the Eucharistic Congress on Sept. 14, she would quickly remind you of the responsibility of every …

Eucharistic Congress a labor of love for Diocese of Knoxville

Deacon Sean Smith leads team of volunteers The Eucharistic Congress began in spring 2012 as an idea floated by Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, during a conversation with Deacon Sean Smith about how to celebrate the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th anniversary. It ended 18 months later with the successful completion …

Visitors overwhelmed by experience, God’s presence

Eucharistic Congress draws people from around the country seeking inspiration from all-star lineup of speakers Eucharistic Congress visitors from outside the region were overwhelmed by God’s presence at the worship event and left East Tennessee with rave reviews for the Diocese of Knoxville and its Catholic faithful. The travelers joined …

Eucharistic Congress ‘wows’ 5,000 Catholic faithful

The Diocese of Knoxville celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand fashion Sept. 13-14 as some 5,000 faithful from throughout East Tennessee and around the country gathered in prayer and song, fellowship and worship at the Sevierville Events Center to rejoice the Holy Eucharist in the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress. “Wow” …