Paulist Fathers mark bicentennial of founder Fr. Isaac Hecker

Immaculate Conception, St. John XXIII schedule events to celebrate as cause for sainthood moves forward                  By Bill Brewer The Paulist Fathers at Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII parishes are marking the bicentennial of founder Father Isaac Hecker’s birth with a number of events as the Paulist priest’s cause …

Funeral Mass held in Nashville for Dr. Ruth Queen Smith

Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, longtime pastoral associate at St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center on the University of Tennessee-Knoxville campus, passed away May 18 after an extended illness. A funeral Mass was celebrated for Dr. Smith on May 24 at St. Henry Church in Nashville, where she retired …

Renowned Bible-study leader Dr. Ruth Queen Smith retires

Pastoral associate at St. John XXIII University Parish served Diocese of Knoxville for 25 years By Bill Brewer Dr. Ruth Queen Smith, who has ministered to the faith community at St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center as a pastoral associate and Bible study leader, retired on Pentecost Sunday after …

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Paulist associates begin new assignments

The Paulist Fathers, who minister at Immaculate Conception Church and St. John XXIII University  Parish and Catholic Center in Knoxville, have assigned two new associate pastors to those parishes. Father Robert J. O’Donnell, CSP, 67, will succeed Father Rich Andre, CSP, as associate pastor at St. John XXIII. The Paulist Fathers …

St. John XXIII Parish ranked among top U.S. Newman centers by Pew

Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal that provides information on schools, ranks the Diocese of Knoxville’s St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center as the 14th best Newman Center in the United States. A Pew Research study found that Christianity makes up 70 percent of the total …

Workshop teaches biblical justice in addressing community issues

Diocese of Knoxville parishioners join members of other local congregations at faith-based meeting                                            By Bill Brewer Predatory lending, poverty, joblessness and lack of access to insurance were among the topics addressed Oct. 31 at a social justice workshop for Knox County churches attended by members of several Diocese of …

St. John XXIII parish to hold Christmas Mass for those grieving

A special Christmas Mass for those who are alone, sad, or grieving will again be said on Dec. 24 at St. John XXIII Parish and University Center on the University of Tennessee campus. The 8 p.m. Blue Christmas Mass will be a liturgy of hope for those experiencing pain and …