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Father Cummins: 25 years as a priest

The son of Upper East Tennessee is serving in the area he loves as pastor of St. Dominic in Kingsport By Bill Brewer Father Michael Cummins was socially distanced in 2020 in ways that had nothing to do with the coronavirus. And while it was a year indelibly marked in …

A priest’s open letter to young adults: Why you need the Church

In a world where Catholicism increasingly is pushed to the periphery, the 18-and-over group is vital By Father Michael Cummins Why do some young adults wander away from the Church? There are no easy answers to this. At least I have not found one in my own experience of ministry. …

Deans named for Five Rivers, Cumberland Mountain deaneries

By The East Tennessee Catholic Father Michael Cummins, pastor at St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport, and Father Doug Owens, pastor at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, have been appointed by Bishop Richard F. Stika to serve as deans in the Diocese of Knoxville. Father Cummins will lead …

Chattanooga to be site of diocese’s next Sant’Egidio Community

Father Michael Cummins expanding group’s reach beyond ETSU and the Tri-Cities As Father Michael Cummins makes the transition from chaplain for campus ministry at East Tennessee State University to chaplain at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga Catholic Student Center, he’s bringing a community with him that will be new to Chattanooga. …

Practicing what they preach: Priests apply New Evangelization through social media

Gospel, Catechism, church events, outreach available to parishioners via blogs, Facebook, Twitter, other sites The evangelical role of the clergy was simple in the days of small communities and a time when everyone would flock to the Church to hear the Gospel. Priests simply delivered a message that descended on …