Easter: the new creation has come

Nearly 200 faithful prepare to enter the Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil       By Gabrielle Nolan The Catholic Church in East Tennessee is about to grow with the approaching feast of Easter, as nearly 50 catechumens and 130 candidates continue their preparation to receive the sacraments of initiation. …

2022 diocesan winter RCIA conference set

Fr. David Carter, Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul rector and a canon lawyer, to discuss marriage, annulments The Diocese of Knoxville Office of Christian Formation is holding a winter RCIA conference on Jan. 22 that will feature Father David Carter, rector of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul …

Fall RCIA conference takes leaders ‘back to basics’ of faith

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville strive to form and retain new Catholics                    By Gabrielle Nolan Parish coordinators for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults in the Diocese of Knoxville gathered recently for a day-long conference on learning ways to strengthen the Church through RCIA. “I see the …

Sent forth to proclaim the Word of God

Sending of the Neophytes Mass resumes as East Tennessee’s newest Catholics pick up the cross By Dan McWilliams Many of the nearly 200 people who came into the Catholic Church at this year’s Easter Vigil in the Diocese of Knoxville were formally sent forth in the annual Sending of the …

‘He is risen’

Saving us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit By Bill Brewer Easter Masses were again teeming with people two years after pews were last full for the holiest of liturgical celebrations. And the Catholic Church in East Tennessee welcomed nearly 200 new members who joined …

A study in catechism: from the cavalry to Calvary

Tennessee National Guard member is among more than 200 people entering the Catholic Church By Bill Brewer Charles Hutson’s faith journey can be measured in miles, all 4,800 of them. That’s the distance the Tennessee Army National Guard captain has bridged to join the Catholic Church. Capt. Hutson is among …

A Joyful Witness

How the Bishop’s Appeal transforms lives in the Diocese of Knoxville Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer In early February, Bishop Richard F. Stika’s voice boomed across the Diocese of Knoxville with a message for all parishioners. “It is a joy to be with you on this feast …

That look and smell

Neophytes are sent forth with a fresh perspective to share their newfound faith with the masses By Bill Brewer “Do you all smell?” And with that risky query that begs a certain amount of self-awareness among those being questioned, Bishop Richard F. Stika sent the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest members …

Old cathedral hosts its final rites of election

More than 200 catechumens and candidates take part in the first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies this year By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika presided as the final rites of election were held in the old Sacred Heart Cathedral in February. The first-weekend-of-Lent ceremonies will move to the new Cathedral of the Most …

On the other side

Bishop Stika ‘sends forth’ diocese’s newest members during Sending of the Neophytes Mass By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Pentecost on June 4 by recognizing the 227 catechumens and candidates baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred …

A faith reboot

As Easter nears, more than 200 believers prepare to enter the Church in East Tennessee. By Dan McWilliams Candy Chandler, looking to join a new faith community, visited the Our Lady of Fatima Church parking lot in Alcoa numerous times in 2015 without ever going in to Mass. Then she …

Church’s newest members put their faith into the diocese

A year of faith discernment for some 250 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at Easter Vigil culminated June 7 in their official recognition by Bishop Richard F. Stika as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest parishioners. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass and presided at the Sending of the Neophytes …