Fr. Donahue installed as Immaculate Conception pastor

Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville on March 7. Father Donahue previously served in the diocese as pastor of St. John XXIII Parish on the University of Tennessee campus. During that time, he also served as a police chaplain. …

Sister Jolita fundraiser turns 20 years old in 2021

The beloved former St. Joseph School teacher is remembered for her love of students—and of Ireland By Dan McWilliams St. Joseph School in Knoxville is hosting the 20th annual Sister Jolita Supper & Sing-Along from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Because of the COVID pandemic, the event will …

Looking back, looking ahead

Father Ronald Franco celebrates silver anniversary in the priesthood as he prepares for next assignment By Dan McWilliams The celebration of 25 years as a priest for Father Ronald Franco, CSP, incorporated all three of his assignments, including his latest stop at Immaculate Conception Parish in downtown Knoxville. Slide shows …

Paulist Fathers mark bicentennial of founder Fr. Isaac Hecker

Immaculate Conception, St. John XXIII schedule events to celebrate as cause for sainthood moves forward                  By Bill Brewer The Paulist Fathers at Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII parishes are marking the bicentennial of founder Father Isaac Hecker’s birth with a number of events as the Paulist priest’s cause …

Father Jim Haley celebrates golden jubilee

The Paulist priest returns to Immaculate Conception Church for an anniversary Mass ‘with a deep sense of gratitude’     By Dan McWilliams The Immaculate Conception community and parishioners from around the United States and Canada all came together May 3 to wish Father Jim Haley, CSP, a happy 50th anniversary in …

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Paulist associates begin new assignments

The Paulist Fathers, who minister at Immaculate Conception Church and St. John XXIII University  Parish and Catholic Center in Knoxville, have assigned two new associate pastors to those parishes. Father Robert J. O’Donnell, CSP, 67, will succeed Father Rich Andre, CSP, as associate pastor at St. John XXIII. The Paulist Fathers …

Irish Fest brings out the Irish in everyone

If the weather, crowd size, and smiles are a barometer, then the 2015 edition of Irish Fest on the Hill at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville was a rousing success. More than a thousand people gathered in the 400 block of West Vine Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 8, for fellowship, …