Deacon’s vocation takes an archeological turn

David Keene becoming an authority on identifying remains of Servants of God considered for sainthood By Bill Brewer Deacon David Keene has been searching for things hidden underground since he was 18. And now as a veteran archeologist with many digs under his belt, the permanent deacon of the Archdiocese …

Father Ryan returns to Sts. Peter and Paul

Remains of historic Chattanooga priest moved to specially built tomb inside the basilica By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the memorial Mass and re-entombment of Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan on July 31 at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, a miracle attributable to …

Servant of God’s remains successfully exhumed

By Dan McWilliams At 10:50 on the morning of July 27, Father David Carter’s voice rang out at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga: “We are about to lift the coffin from the grave.” And with that, the sainthood cause of Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan took a crucial step, …

Inquiry begins into Fr. Ryan sainthood cause

Basilica at center of historic moment as Bishop Stika presides in opening session By Bill Brewer The cause for the beatification and canonization of Servant of God Patrick Ryan took a historic turn Sept. 28 with the opening session of an inquiry into the East Tennessee priest’s life and the …

Diocese receives Vatican OK to exhume Fr. Ryan’s remains

Servant of God’s body will be relocated to Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul as part of sainthood process By Bill Brewer The cause for sainthood for Father Patrick Ryan continues to move forward, with the Vatican giving its approval last month for the exhumation of Father Ryan’s remains and …

Chattanooga judge clears way for exhumation of Fr. Ryan remains

Chancellor rules Diocese of Knoxville has authority to relocate priest’s body as part of sainthood cause                   By Bill Brewer A Hamilton County Chancery Court has given the Diocese of Knoxville permission to exhume the remains of Father Patrick J. Ryan from Chattanooga’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, which allows the priest’s cause …

Diocese of Knoxville seeks state permission to exhume Father Ryan remains

Lawsuit would clarify state law on disinterment for the cause of sainthood By Daniel Jackson / Courthouse News Service Faced with no clear statutory procedure in Tennessee to exhume the body of a priest it hopes to canonize, the Catholic Church has asked a court in Chattanooga to cut through …

USCCB vote moves Father Ryan a step toward sainthood

By Jim Wogan U.S. bishops gathering at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore in November approved the canonical consultation of four causes for beatification and canonization, including the cause for Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who served in Chattanooga in the late 1800s. Bishop Richard …

He dwells among us: Never alone

We are all called to be the consoling presence of the Merciful Father to others By Bishop Richard F. Stika “THE HOUR IS COMING,” Jesus said to His disciples, when “each of you will be scattered … and you will leave me alone; yet I am not alone for the …

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Vatican investigating cause for Father Patrick Ryan sainthood

Diocese of Knoxville initiates inquiry of renowned priest who served in Chattanooga more than 100 years ago By Jim Wogan The Catholic Church of East Tennessee may have a saint in its midst. An investigation recently initiated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville is focused on the …