St. Vincent de Paul members attend training at Ladies of Charity

At St. Vincent de Paul, formation is encouraged and promoted. One required course is called the Ozanam Orientation, which was held at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville on April 23. The Ozanam Orientation, in particular, is important because it sets the spiritual and philosophical tone for its members on …

Easter basket project in Chattanooga brings joy to children in need

An Easter basket project in Chattanooga started about eight or so years ago with one individual person, Joni Hotchkiss, who liked to bring joy by making Easter baskets for others in need. Once she was making more baskets than she could handle by herself, it grew into a Lenten service …

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Diocese of Knoxville English classes transform lives

Local, international learners benefit from lay ministry that is growing in numbers     By Gabrielle Nolan It is a common human experience to travel to a foreign country and not understand the language. Tourists fumble through basic vocabulary as they try to communicate their thoughts to the locals. But when …

Local Knights carry on food-delivery ministry

The far-reaching legacy of St. John Neumann parishioner Ted H. Denning Jr. continues By Gabrielle Nolan If you ever wondered if one person could make a difference in the world, the answer is yes. I would like to introduce you to a man named Ted Denning. His impact was far-reaching …

Raising the flag

The Ladies of Charity in Knoxville held a dedication and blessing ceremony on Oct. 22 to officially mark the completion of its new, expanded parking lot and the installation of a flag pole and memorial stone that honors one of its longtime volunteers. Susan Unbehaun, Ladies of Charity executive director, …

Making a job connection

Ladies of Charity host employment event for Knoxville-area men and women in recovery               By Gabrielle Nolan Local community leaders are working hard to help men and women in recovery from substance abuse by connecting them to life-changing employment. The Community Resource and Employment Event was hosted at Ladies of …

Ladies of Charity receive Walmart community grant

The Ladies of Charity of Knoxville have received a $2,000 local community grant from Walmart Foundation. Five days a week, the Ladies of Charity Emergency Assistance Program provides immediate assistance with food, clothing, and other resources to needy individuals and families in the Knoxville community. “We are grateful for the …

Seeing the need

Ladies of Charity host Remote Area Medical vision clinic for Knoxville-area clients By Dan McWilliams Determined to help their clients any way they could, the Ladies of Charity of Knoxville hosted a Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic that focused on eye care as COVID-19 prevented a dual dental clinic. The …

Back in business, thanks be to God

Ladies of Charity weathers the COVID storm through a dedicated team of volunteers, young and older By Bill Brewer The Ladies of Charity and Home Depot share a remarkable achievement: both finished 2020 in the black despite the coronavirus pandemic. And while many home-supply retailers were helped by consumers spending …

Annual Ladies of Charity golf tourney raises more than $14,000

The annual Ladies of Charity of Knoxville Golf Tournament was held Sept. 3 at Egwani Farms Golf Course in Rockford. The slightly windy day kept the golfers cool and the play fast. Eighty-two men and women brought their clubs to support the Ladies of Charity mission to serve those in …

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Keeping the needy fed during the pandemic

Diocese of Knoxville parishes and organization live out Christ’s message to feed the hungry By Dan McWilliams Feeding the hungry is among the most basic of the corporal works of mercy, and several Catholic food pantries around the Diocese of Knoxville are doing just that. For some pantries, the coronavirus …