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Last two of original Sisters of Mercy retire

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas have served in East Tennessee since coming to Knoxville in 1896  By Dan McWilliams The retirement of the last two Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in the Diocese of Knoxville ends a tradition of more than 120 years of the community’s service …

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Tennova closing former St. Mary’s Hospital

East Tennessee’s first Catholic medical center to be shuttered Dec. 28, longtime Sisters of Mercy to relocate By Dan McWilliams An 88-year-old tradition will end Dec. 28 when Physicians Regional Medical Center in North Knoxville, formerly long known as St. Mary’s Medical Center, will close its doors. The hospital’s owners, …

Sr. Mary Martha Naber celebrates 6th decade of healing ministry

Knox native has devoted her consecrated life to extending Jesus’ compassion and caring to people in East Tennessee By Dan McWilliams Sister Mary Martha Naber, RSM, mission representative at Physicians Regional Medical Center (the former St. Mary’s Medical Center), couldn’t help but be influenced by the Sisters of Mercy as …

Diocese of Knoxville dedicates St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic

After more than a year of planning and anticipation, the Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the region’s newest mobile medical clinic Sept. 11 during a ceremony attended by diocesan partners and community supporters. Bishop Richard F. Stika blessed the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a 40-foot-long family doctor’s office on wheels, which …

Sister Mary Gretchen completing UT medical residency

by Heidi Wigdahl, WBIR Channel 10 A nun’s devotion to God has led her to Knoxville. Sister Mary Gretchen Hoffman is with the Religious Sisters of Mercy (R.S.M.). “Really the intensity of His love was such that I knew I had to respond and it couldn’t just be a little. …