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 …

Bishop Stika welcomes catechumens, candidates home

More than 225 people will enter the Catholic Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil Masses By Bill Brewer History may have been made twice March 9-10 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For the first time, the Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to …

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 …

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 …

Bishop Stika welcomes new members into the Catholic Church

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika greeted more than 100 newcomers to the Catholic Church on Feb. 13 in the Rite of Election ceremony for the Chattanooga and Five Rivers deaneries held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. “A total of 244 catechumens and candidates from …

More than 200 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

Catechumens, candidates from deaneries gather for important step in faith journey to become Catholic Nearly 250 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of …

Diocese welcomes hundreds of new members at Easter

Rite of Election ceremonies for catechumens, candidates held A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary …