Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, professes perpetual vows

Sister Mariana, along with two other sisters, made their professions at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, Mich. In attendance from the Diocese of Knoxville were Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Deacon Sean Smith, chancellor and chief operating officer of the Diocese of Knoxville. …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic salutes volunteers at appreciation luncheon

By Dan McWilliams The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic held its second annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Nov. 2 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Several dozen volunteers attended a Mass and the luncheon, with many of them recognized at the latter event, including Mass celebrant Father Bill …

Bioethics at the center of diocesan seminar on health care issues

Advancements in medicine that have leapfrogged existing standard care practices, especially in reproductive science, are putting a premium on the view that “just because we could, doesn’t mean we should.” That was the assessment of Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics …

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 …

St. Luke Guild schedules end of life care seminar, cancer discussion

Health care professionals in the Diocese of Knoxville looking for guidance in providing appropriate end of life care for patients can benefit from a seminar being given this month by the St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee. The seminar, called “Death and Dying: Principles of End of Life Care for …