Father Giraldo celebrates his 25th anniversary

‘The Almighty has done great things for me,’ says the Colombia-born priest on his silver jubilee   By Dan McWilliams Surrounded by the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi in Townsend, whom he has led for five years as their pastor, Father Antonio Giraldo celebrated his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination …

Gold Award project benefits foster-care children

On a cold Saturday evening in early December, the Blount County Foster Care Association held its annual Christmas dinner and party. For the foster-care children, it meant an opportunity to meet Santa and play with friends. For Erin Smith, it meant the culmination of the biggest project and highest award …

Deacon Nestor assigned to Our Lady of Fatima

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Deacon Michael Nestor has been assigned to Our Lady of Fatima Church in Alcoa. Deacon Nestor has served at St. Francis of Assisi in Townsend. Deacon Nestor’s new assignment was effective March 21, and he now will be providing diaconal support to Father …