One Family’s Exodus

Rwandan couple giving back to East Tennessee, which welcomed them as refugees Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer and Michael Patrick Drocella Mugorewera is a woman of faith. Her name even says so. She sees God in action everywhere she goes. And she sees the face of Jesus …

An explosion of grace

Communal wedding Mass at Holy Ghost Church unites 14 Latino couples in holy matrimony                     From staff reports Gifts of the Holy Spirit were the ultimate wedding gifts for 14 Diocese of Knoxville couples who exchanged vows at Holy Ghost Church on June 15 in a ceremony to celebrate their …

Fathers, sons make Stations of the Cross come alive

St. Joseph students portray the same roles as their dads in the Passion during Holy Week re-enactments By Bill Brewer The living Stations of the Cross and Passion, which are held in several Diocese of Knoxville parishes during Holy Week, had an especially familial flavor this year. As Jorge Quiroz …

Ladies of Charity celebrates 75th year

Bishop Stika praises diocesan group’s work during special Mass By Bill Brewer You’ve come a long way, ladies. The Ladies of Charity, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, celebrated the milestone May 13 with a first for the nonprofit charitable organization that is part of the Diocese of …

Ladies of Charity working to get Knoxville operation to the next level

Elevator project will allow charitable organization to open spacious second floor to public for office, meeting space By Bill Brewer One of Tom Shannon’s goals for the Ladies of Charity thrift store, food pantry, and donation center in Knoxville has been the installation of an elevator. In fact, the longtime …

Holy Ghost hosts Bishop Johnston for 25th ordination anniversary

Former Diocese of Knoxville priest and chancellor celebrates Mass with Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali By Dan McWilliams Bishop James Vann Johnston Jr. returned home June 30. The bishop, who for seven years has led the Diocese of Springfield–Cape Girardeau, Mo., celebrated Mass at Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville to mark …

Old Holy Ghost Church to get new life through Home Campaign

Past remains vital to parish’s future as proceeds from fundraising effort go to restore original building By Jim Wogan Holy Ghost Church is one of East Tennessee’s most identifiable Catholic landmarks and is a vital place for worship and fellowship. For nearly 90 years, the massive limestone structure and its …

Annual Calvary Cemetery rosary set for Nov. 2

It is therefore a holy and wholesome thought to pray for the dead, that they may be loosed from sins. (2 Maccabees 12:46). By Father Ron Franco, CSP Here in the northern hemisphere, as the sun rises a little later each morning and sets a little earlier each afternoon, there …

Schola concert will celebrate Renaissance music

The Pope Benedict XVI Schola will present Come, Let’s Rejoice: A Celebration of English Renaissance Music, a concert of sacred choral music, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Holy Ghost Church in Knoxville. There is no charge for the program, but donations will be gratefully accepted to support the …

Funeral arrangements set for seminarian Jeff Emitt

Diocese of Knoxville seminarian Jeff Emitt passed away July 16 after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 61. Mr. Emitt was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church, where he had played guitar for Sunday evening Masses. He was accepted into the seminary by Bishop Richard F. Stika in …

Father Orr successfully defends doctoral thesis

As the crowning moment of a highly successful residential fortnight for Maryvale Institute’s postgraduate research students, Father John Orr successfully defended his doctoral thesis at Maryvale in Birmingham, England, and is now set to become the first PhD graduate under the new partnership between the Institute and Liverpool Hope University. …

40-day vigil brings awareness to immigration reform

Parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville are taking part in a 40-day vigil on immigration reform. The vigil, which is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign, began Aug. 15 and ends Sept. 23. The diocese is asking parishes, organizations and individuals to dedicate …