St. John Neumann Knights donate $7,777 to Special Olympics team

Special Olympics Tennessee recently received checks totaling $7,777 that were from the St. John Neumann Parish Ted H. Denning Jr. Knights of Columbus Council 8781 fundraising efforts. The “Lucky 7s” contribution supported the Hawkins County Unified flag football team so that it could participate in the quadrennial Special Olympics USA …

Speaker Melissa Foley leads Lenten talk, prayer for women at St. John Neumann

Speaker Melissa Foley leads Lenten talk, prayer for women at St. John Neumann By Gabrielle Nolan “Am I worth dying for?” Women of the diocese were presented with this question at a Lenten evening of reflection at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut on Mar. 31. Nearly 100 women gathered …

Ruth Cody Demers passes away at the age of 81

A funeral Mass was held at St. John Neumann Church on Dec. 4 for Ruth Cody Demers, who passed away peacefully on Nov. 27 at age 81 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Burial at Pleasant Forest Cemetery followed the Mass. Mrs. Demers was born in 1940 in Brockton, …

Taylor Breeden, Mary Donahue earn the highest award in American Heritage Girls

Taylor Breeden and Mary Donahue, members of American Heritage Girls Troop TN0413 at St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut, received the Stars & Stripes Award on Nov. 7 during a ceremony at St. John Neumann School. The Stars & Stripes Award is the highest recognition available to an American Heritage …

Local Knights carry on food-delivery ministry

The far-reaching legacy of St. John Neumann parishioner Ted H. Denning Jr. continues By Gabrielle Nolan If you ever wondered if one person could make a difference in the world, the answer is yes. I would like to introduce you to a man named Ted Denning. His impact was far-reaching …

‘I never lost my faith’

Belief of St. John Neumann parishioner and author is strengthened by 19 cancer diagnoses By Bill Brewer Steve Dekanich probably should not be here. But by God’s grace and healing, a fierce determination, and some good doctors, the parishioner of St. John Neumann in Farragut is not only here, he …

 Seftons receive papal knighthood

Bishop Stika nominates St. John Neumann couple for induction into the Order of St. Gregory the Great; Pope Francis approves the recommendation By Dan McWilliams Alan and Sally Sefton said they felt stunned as they became the first people in the Diocese of Knoxville to be inducted into the Order …

Giving a lift to those who need it

St. Vincent de Paul Society’s bus pass program is having an impact on community The St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. John Neumann Parish is making an impact. If you don’t believe it, just ask Knox County Judge Chuck Cerny and Knox County probation officer Jack Dennis. The Vincentian …

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Caring for the Caregivers

St. John Neumann physician turns devastating diagnosis into a lay ministry By Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer St. John Neumann Parish is embracing a unique ministry that its members hope will grow to other parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville. Given the rising need, the chance of that happening …

‘Tiny Saints’ are living their faith at SJN

By Jessica Tarentino and Richard Tabler The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference at St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut now has a group of student affiliate members from St. John Neumann Church and School. These students joined together with the goal of helping the needy and vulnerable in …

Seminarian Christopher Floersh ordained into transitional diaconate

Path to priesthood influenced by Msgr. Garrity, who aided priest-to-be at a traffic accident more than 20 years ago By Dan McWilliams Christopher Floersh received a special birthday present May 14 at his home church of St. John Neumann in Farragut: he was ordained into the transitional diaconate for the …