St. John Neumann parishioner hailed as a first-responder hero

Officer Kyle Botica’s fast action saves man’s life, helps prevent traffic incident from being a tragedy By Bill Brewer Sometimes the road less traveled really does make all the difference. Just ask Kyle Botica. The University of Tennessee Police Department officer has been saluted as a hero for saving a …

Matthew Donahue ordained to the transitional diaconate

Bishop Stika elevates the seminarian to holy orders, calling him a ‘gift from God’ for the diocese                  By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika said in his homily, the name Matthew means “gift from God,” and he added that’s what the Diocese of Knoxville is receiving in newly …

St. John Neumann Parish hosting presentation on Africa mission work

The St. Francis and Clare Fraternity for the Secular Franciscans is sponsoring a presentation on mission work in Africa called “To the Nations” on Sunday, March 19, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut in the Elizabeth Ann Seton Room. Missionary Stephen H. Smith, OFS, …

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Father Joe Campbell remembered as diocese’s ‘gentle giant’

Bishop Stika, Father Harvey lead funeral Mass for pastor of St. Henry, St. James the Apostle parishes By Bill Brewer A wrestler, football player, retail manager, woodworker, and boater who was a bit of an intimidating rebel, Father Joe Campbell also was a gentle giant of a teacher and pastor. …

John Paul Hendershott earns Eagle Scout award

John Paul Hendershott of St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut recently received his Eagle Scout award. George LeCrone Sr., chairman of the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting, presented John a certificate from the National Catholic Committee on Scouting along with letters from the national chairman, Edward P. Martin, and the …

Kevin T. Francescon earns Eagle Scout

On Feb. 3 at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut, Kevin Thomas Francescon was presented a certificate and letter by George LeCrone Sr. from the Knoxville Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting for achieving the highest rank in Scouting, the Eagle Scout award. With the certificate were also letters from the …

Scientist leading parishioners through intersection of faith and reason

Deacon Mike Gouge is no stranger to scientific theory. In fact, the Ph.D. and recent retiree from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has thrived on research about the beginnings of the universe. Deacon Gouge has spent the fall preaching what he has practiced by leading an adult faith formation class called …

Scouting awards given at St. John Neumann

Scouting awards were presented at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on July 29 at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut, with Father Doug Owens presiding. Henry Hollow of Cub Scout Pack 22 received the Light of Christ award. The Family of God award was presented to Mary Donahue, Elizabeth McCready, and …

Deacon to lead ‘Faith and Reason’ course

Deacon Mike Gouge is no stranger to scientific theory. In fact, the Ph.D. and recent retiree from Oak Ridge National Laboratory has thrived on research about the beginnings of the universe. Now, Deacon Gouge wants to preach what he has practiced by leading an adult faith formation class called “Faith …