New Paulist priest finds hidden joys in ministry

Fr. Richard Whitney ‘juggling’ first year of priesthood, service on UT campus    By Gabrielle Nolan Paulist Father Richard Whitney describes his first year of priesthood as a “whirlwind.” “I don’t know that I’ve ever known time to fly by so happily before or in my life,” the 53-year-old priest said. …

 St. John XXIII Parish (finally) marks 50th anniversary

By Jim Wogan It took longer than expected, but parishioners of St. John XXIII last month finally marked the 50th anniversary of their parish’s dedication—52 years after it happened. The COVID pandemic stalled the original plans for the Catholic community’s jubilee by two years, but the delay didn’t mask the …

Following GPS during the holiest of seasons

Does God’s Plan for Salvation include you? IC Lenten ecumenical service offers a map to penance By Bill Brewer In the holiest spirit of neighborly ecumenism, downtown Knoxville churches celebrated the Lenten season leading into Easter by sharing each other’s faith practices, and Immaculate Conception Church was at the forefront. …

Paulist Fathers name next president for four-year term

Father Constanza will succeed Father Andrews, who served at St. John XXIII in Diocese of Knoxville The Paulist Fathers have announced the election of Father René Constanza as the next president of the missionary society of Catholic priests. In June, he will succeed Paulist Father Eric Andrews, who is completing …

Fr. Donahue installed as Immaculate Conception pastor

Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, as pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville on March 7. Father Donahue previously served in the diocese as pastor of St. John XXIII Parish on the University of Tennessee campus. During that time, he also served as a police chaplain. …

Distressed kayaker rescued by Paulists during lake outing

Seminarians, priests at retreat aboard floating Tiki bar are lifesavers on New York’s Lake George Catholic News Service/Catholic News Agency This is a typical story about Paulist Fathers, a floating Tiki bar, and a kayaker. It all started when Greg Barrett, a captain for Tiki Tours, offered the Paulist Fathers—two …

Paulist Fathers hold funeral Mass for Fr. Wilfred Brimley

The Paulist Fathers are mourning the death of brother Paulist priest Father Wilfred Anthony Brimley Jr., who passed away May 5 at the age of 92. Father Brimley, who died from natural causes at Marion Manor Residence in South Boston, formerly served at Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. The Paulist …

Paulist Fathers mark bicentennial of founder Fr. Isaac Hecker

Immaculate Conception, St. John XXIII schedule events to celebrate as cause for sainthood moves forward                  By Bill Brewer The Paulist Fathers at Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII parishes are marking the bicentennial of founder Father Isaac Hecker’s birth with a number of events as the Paulist priest’s cause …

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Paulist associates begin new assignments

The Paulist Fathers, who minister at Immaculate Conception Church and St. John XXIII University  Parish and Catholic Center in Knoxville, have assigned two new associate pastors to those parishes. Father Robert J. O’Donnell, CSP, 67, will succeed Father Rich Andre, CSP, as associate pastor at St. John XXIII. The Paulist Fathers …

Blessed John XXIII Parish to offer Blue Christmas Mass

Special service open to all diocesan parishioners who are grieving or experiencing loneliness during holidays The Diocese of Knoxville will celebrate a special Christmas Mass on Dec. 24 for those who are alone, sad, or grieving during the holidays. The 8 p.m. Blue Christmas Mass will be celebrated at Blessed …