Priesthood: a way of life, not just a career

Diocesan Home Campaign is building support for priests reaching retirement age           By Jim Wogan Long before he was a priest in the Diocese of Knoxville, Monsignor Bill Gahagan thought he had made a deal with the Lord. It was 1959, and Monsignor Gahagan was a young man serving in the …

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Wings of Gold

Funeral Mass, first all-female flyover held for pioneering Navy pilot Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer Archive Photos courtesy of U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command and U.S. Naval Institute Rosemary Mariner was full of firsts. To the world, Capt. Mariner was an aviation pioneer who broke through …

St. Mary-Johnson City has triple celebration

The parish burns its church mortgage, honors Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and receives a Leadership Roundtable award By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Parish in Johnson City held a triple celebration Aug. 22. The parish burned the mortgage on its church building, honored former pastor and now-Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and announced that …

Fr. Bill Gahagan introduced as diocese’s newest monsignor

Mass of Celebration at All Saints Church held in honor of diocese’s recent papal designate By Bill Brewer Father Bill Gahagan was officially introduced as the Diocese of Knoxville’s new monsignor on Aug. 29 during a Mass in his honor at All Saints Church in Knoxville. Parishioners from around the …

Fr. Gahagan receives papal designation as monsignor

Longtime diocesan priest receives ovation from fellow priests at St. Thomas the Apostle By Jim Wogan Pope Francis has designated Father William Gahagan, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since its inception in 1988, with the title of monsignor. The papal honor comes at the recommendation of Bishop Richard …