St. Joseph JV boys hoops team raises funds for Legacy Clinic

By Allison Di Gennaro In December, while many children were dreaming of what they might receive for Christmas, the junior varsity basketball team at St. Joseph School in Knoxville was only dreaming about how they could give back. The JV team, composed of St. Joseph fifth-, sixth-, and seventh-grade students, …

East Tennessee volunteers

Bishop Stika, diocese recognize those who make the mobile medical clinic go By Bill Brewer By all accounts, volunteers are the lifeblood of the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical ministry. They get the clinic to where it needs to be each day. They set up and take down the doctor’s …

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Guild hosts first gathering for health professionals in diocese

Catholic Medical Association presents retreat on the Eucharist at diocesan Chancery By Gabrielle Nolan Sister Mary Lisa Renfer had been considering starting a local Catholic Medical Association guild for some time. “As I’ve gotten to know different people in the medical community, I’ve been asking them about it,” said the …

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‘A match made in heaven’

Catholic Charities, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic partner to provide health care in Scott Co. By Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee and St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic are partnering on a unique ministry that provides a shot in the arm to health care in Scott County, which has joined the …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic adding 2 locations

Church of Divine Mercy, Helenwood are newest sites for diocesan health-care ministry By Bill Brewer Tan Nguyen of Ho Chi Minh City and Brenda Jones of Cleveland have at least one thing in common despite being a world apart culturally. They both want to be a part of the St. …

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Catholic author includes St. JPII Mission in new book

Daniel Markham has traveled the United States to chronicle unique ministries for ‘52 Masses’ By Gabrielle Nolan Out of all the Catholic churches in the state of Tennessee, writer Daniel Markham chose to visit St. John Paul II Catholic Mission in Rutledge. One element in particular attracted him to the …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic on display in Knoxville budget address

By Bill Brewer St. Mary’s Hospital was again a center of activity on April 22 when the city of Knoxville and mayor Indya Kincannon gathered hundreds of city and Knox County officials for the annual state of the city address and luncheon. The original hospital building, which opened in 1930 …

 St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic honors volunteers and looks to future

By Jim Wogan This year’s volunteer appreciation Mass and luncheon for the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic cast a wide net on its past efforts and current accomplishments and touched briefly on future goals of the mobile health-care ministry, which has been rolling into medically underserved communities in East Tennessee since …

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St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic names new executive director, projects assistant

By East Tennessee Catholic The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic has named Martin P. Vargas as its executive director. Mr. Vargas has an extensive background in business and has a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee. “Martin is energized to lead St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic as its …

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St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic raising funds for a new mobile van

By Dan McWilliams The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic is hoping to replace its vehicle that has served the needy in East Tennessee for more than seven years. An open house and fundraiser May 8 at the clinic’s home site at Divine Mercy Church in West Knoxville served to call attention …

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Faithful to the Mission

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, reflects on her time establishing St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville By Emily Booker Sister Mariana Koonce arrived in Knoxville in the fall of 2012, having recently taken her temporary vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. As she has …

Rising above the pandemic

Diocesan ministries continue serving despite COVID-19 and its aftereffects By Bill Brewer If hope opens doors, then Bishop Richard F. Stika is an optimistic — and joyful — spiritual doorman. As the nation and the world continue to grapple with COVID-19 and its ghastly ripples, the risen Jesus is all …