Fr. Dustin Collins installed as pastor of St. Mary-Johnson City

Bishop Stika presides as diocesan priest becomes 24th pastor to lead Tri-Cities parish and school By Bill Brewer St. Mary Parish in Johnson City has a new pastor. And it’s the same priest who has been leading the parish since July 1, 2019. Bishop Richard F. Stika installed Father Dustin …

Father Peter Iorio marks 25 years as a priest

‘I give thanks and praise to God for the many people he has graced my life and my ministry with,’ the jubilarian says By Dan McWilliams Father Peter Iorio is known as one of the more joyful priests in the Diocese of Knoxville, and on Aug. 3 that joy came …

St. Mary-Johnson City has triple celebration

The parish burns its church mortgage, honors Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and receives a Leadership Roundtable award By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Parish in Johnson City held a triple celebration Aug. 22. The parish burned the mortgage on its church building, honored former pastor and now-Monsignor Bill Gahagan, and announced that …

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St. Mary, St. Augustine share Haiti mission trip experience

On June 10, St. Mary Parish in Johnson City sent 33 youth, parents, parishioners, and their pastor, Father Peter Iorio, on the church’s first mission trip to Haiti. Of the travelers, only Father Iorio, St. Mary pastor, had ever been to Petite Riviere de Nippes, a small fishing village in …

St. Mary Parish earns national recognition for energy conservation

Johnson City church wins Cool Congregation Challenge by Interfaith Power & Light By Emily Booker A commitment to the caring and conservation of creation has earned St. Mary Parish in Johnson City national honors. Interfaith Power & Light recently named St. Mary as its 2015 Energy Saver Winner in its …

Baby bottles prove to be a valuable tool in promoting life

‘Crazy fun’ fundraiser at St. Mary in Johnson City benefits Catholic Charities’ pregnancy help centers                          By Emily Booker What better way to promote life than through a fundraiser using baby bottles during Respect Life Month? And who better to assist in the fundraiser than Catholic Charities of East Tennessee? The …

St. Mary parishioner writes a novel, The Amulet

Dean Klein, a writer and member of St. Mary Parish in Johnson City, has authored a book called The Amulet that he describes as a “high-concept (three-part) Christian thriller,” which may be made into a film. Inspired by the classic film, Raiders of the Lost Ark and the single most …

Tri-Cities Catholics take part in 40 Days for Life

More than 50 members of Tri-Cities–area parishes took part in a 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in front of the Regional Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in Bristol, from Sept. 26 through Nov. 4. The vigil was part of a national movement with vigils conducted at 316 locations across …

St. Mary parishioners take part in freedom rally

By Murvin H. Perry Despite a small windy squall and the threat of a thunderstorm, more than 250 people gathered in a Johnson City park on June 21 to take part in a Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally. They were there in protest of the Health and Human Services …