A call to the priesthood in Msgr. Hofstetter’s words

By Dan McWilliams Robert Joseph Hofstetter was born Nov. 19, 1927, in Nashville to Oscar B. and Marguerite Sanders Hofstetter. He was baptized at Holy Name Church in Nashville, where he attended Holy Name Grade School and Father Ryan High School. He went to the University of Notre Dame, where …

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‘Created to give glory to the Creator’

Funeral Masses held for Msgr. Bob Hofstetter, dean of diocesan priests and a ‘priest’s priest’ By Dan McWilliams Priest, confessor, shepherd, friend, teacher, avid reader, writer, theologian, carpenter, cook—the Diocese of Knoxville lost a multifaceted man with the death of one of its founding fathers in Monsignor Bob Hofstetter. The …

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 …

Good Shepherd marks 50th anniversary

Bishop Stika joins Msgr. Hofstetter, Fr. Waraksa, parishioners in celebrating milestone By Dan McWilliams The first Mass at the Church of the Good Shepherd took place Sept. 24, 1967, and the Newport parish celebrated the 50th anniversary of that liturgy on the exact date this fall. Bishop Richard F. Stika …