Deacon Forsythe appointed to lead two ministries

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Deacon Al Forsythe has been appointed the new director of the Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment and program and development manager for the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Deacon Forsythe was ordained to the permanent diaconate in 2016 and …

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 …

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Sacred Vows

The trend line is shifting as the Church shines a light on marriage and family By Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer Marriage matters. How can we tell in this day and time, when a quarter to half of all marriages end in divorce, younger single people are waiting longer …

Bishop Stika presides as 51 couples renew their wedding vows

Husbands, wives share colorful stories at Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Mass By Bill Brewer David and Martha Yoro can stand out in a crowd. At least they did on Oct. 13 when they renewed their wedding vows during the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual marriage Mass celebrated …

Beginning Experience ministry makes debut

BEET (Beginning Experience East Tennessee) is a relatively new ministry in Tennessee; however, the development of the ministry dates back to 1974 in Fort Worth, Texas, to the efforts of Sister Josephine Stewart, SSMN, a family therapist, and Jo Lamia, a divorced woman and educator. The mission of this ministry …

Marriage enrichment: Inviting God into a marriage

Prayer between husbands and wives can enhance matrimony by emphasizing listening, forgiveness My husband and I recently attended a Celebration of Life service for the father of a close friend. Our friend’s father, Chester R. Cecil Sr., had been married to his wife, Barbara, for 67 years. The eulogy given …