A plan for renewal

A call to renew the Pastoral Plan for the Hispanic community of the Diocese of Knoxville             By Blanca Primm “Were not our hearts burning within us while he spoke to us on the way and opened the scriptures to us? So they set out at …

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 …

Jack Kramer, Diocese of Knoxville’s early director of Hispanic Ministry, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 23 for John Anthony “Jack” Kramer Jr., who served as the Diocese of Knoxville’s co-director and then director of Hispanic Ministry from 1989-2003. Mr. Kramer died after a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Father Doug Owens, pastor of All Saints Church in Knoxville, was …

Diocese delegates to V Encuentro share experience

By Brittany García GRAPEVINE, Texas –– Well, we finally arrived at the culmination of the V Encuentro process: the national gathering of all the U.S. diocesan delegates of the V Encuentro. And what joy it was to take part in this momentous event in the life of the U.S. Catholic …

V Encuentro takes center stage

Bishop Stika convenes diocesan session as part of national effort By Bill Brewer A yearlong effort to bring Diocese of Knoxville parishioners to intense missionary activity as part of the V Encuentro movement culminated in a diocesan-wide convocation Oct. 21 at Knoxville Catholic High School attended by nearly 400 people. …

Diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry has new director

Veteran assistant Blanca Primm, who succeeds Lourdes Garza, will help parishes answer discipleship call              By Dan McWilliams Blanca Primm is planning to carry out that mission of the diocesan Office of Hispanic Ministry as she has now been named its director. Mrs. Primm received her promotion on Dec. 12, the …

Ministries Day brings leaders from across diocese together

More than 200 people take part in daylong conference that provides information for parish programs More than 200 parishioners from around the Diocese of Knoxville took part Oct. 18 in Ministries Day, a daylong event where diocesan ministry leaders gather with fellow Catholics from the various churches to share ideas …