Summer schooling

Diocese of Knoxville seminarians share experiences away from formal studies By Jim Wogan Summer was anything but a vacation for the men studying for the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville. Sure, there were allowances for personal adventures and time to reconnect with family and friends during their break from …

Chosen to serve

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomes three new transitional deacons as it celebrates a triple ordination  By Gabrielle Nolan Three Diocese of Knoxville seminarians are one step closer to priesthood after being ordained to the diaconate on Sunday, May 29, at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in …

Paraclete bookstore makes contribution to educate seminarians 

By Jim Wogan The Paraclete Catholic Books and Gifts store, a ministry of the Diocese of Knoxville, made a significant contribution to the life of the Church in January. Store manager Sara Lauer and business consultant Deacon Walt Otey presented Bishop Richard F. Stika with a check for more than …

Seminarians on the path of priestly formation

Diocese of Knoxville has 13 men studying for the priesthood at several seminaries By Jim Wogan Walking the grounds of the St. Meinrad Archabbey and Seminary in southern Indiana is, to stretch a cliché, more than awe inspiring. Its impressive architecture, its stunning statuary and art, and peaceful hillside location …

Diocesan seminarians receive the ministry of acolyte

Eighteen priesthood students at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind., including three from the Diocese of Knoxville, received the ministry of acolyte on Feb. 18, in the seminary’s St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel. The seminarians receiving the ministry from the Diocese of Knoxville were Joseph Austin, …

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 …

Seminarians learning that priestly vocation is a bilingual one

Students spending summers between seminary terms mastering the Spanish language ahead of ordination By Bill Brewer Pase la sal y la pimienta por favor. Chances are Robbie Bauman, Joseph Austin, Andrew Crabtree, and Neil Blatchford recognized the request and passed the salt and pepper. Lunch at St. Meinrad Seminary is …

The joy of priesthood

Kentucky retreat offers seminarians a chance to share discernment experiences Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer Back when he was first considering holy orders, it’s doubtful Mark Schuster knew that the path to the holy priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville would include a side trip to a …

Funeral Mass held for diocesan seminarian Jeff Emitt

Diocese of Knoxville seminarian Jeff Emitt died July 16 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 61. Mr. Emitt was a longtime member of Holy Ghost Church, where he had played guitar for Sunday evening Masses. He also was a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus prior to joining the seminary. …

Knights of Columbus raise funds for diocese seminarians, charities

Bishop Richard F. Stika received two checks totaling more than $10,000 from the Knights of Columbus on Nov. 1 in the Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel at the Chancery office in Knoxville. Making the presentations were Mike Wills, supreme director of the Knights; Tracy Staller, state treasurer; and Ron …

Seminarians gather for annual retreat

Diocesan seminarians took part in their annual retreat Aug. 5-7 at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Eighteen of the diocese’s 23 seminarians were able to attend. “It’s an annual gathering, and really the main purpose is to bring the seminarians together for a couple of days of …

Diocesan seminarian has front seat to history

For Michael Hendershott, papal succession is opportunity to study, serve Seminarian Michael Hendershott’s studies at the Pontifical North American College in Rome are preparing him for a lifetime of service to God and the Catholic Church. Studies in theology, philosophy, and history, however, couldn’t fully prepare him for events that …