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 …

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 …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic marks anniversary, honors volunteers

By Dan McWilliams The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic marked its sixth anniversary Nov. 4 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City with its fifth Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The day began with Mass celebrated by Monsignor Pat Garrity, assisted by Deacon Gil Campos, who is one of the mobile …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic names executive director for operations

By Bill Brewer St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic has named a public health scholar to be its next executive director, who will work with founder and medical director Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, to continue delivering free medical care to rural East Tennessee. Brandy Fuesting, who will receive her doctorate in public …

TMA honors St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic

Medical association cites diocesan free clinic for advancing public health The Tennessee Medical Association has honored St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation of East Tennessee with its Community Service Award, which recognizes people or organizations that contribute significantly to the advancement of public health in their respective communities. St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation …

The Legacy of St. Mary’s

Mobile clinic has ‘arrived’ as it marks fifth anniversary delivering free medical care in East Tennessee Story by Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer The Diocese of Knoxville ended 2018 mourning the loss of East Tennessee’s first Catholic hospital, the former St. Mary’s, that closed Dec. 28. But the healing …

Luncheon celebrates fifth anniversary of St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic

The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic celebrated its fifth anniversary Nov. 5 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City by holding its fourth Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon. The clinic officially turned 5 on Sept. 11. On Sept. 11, 2013, the mobile clinic vehicle was delivered and dedicated to God and …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic to start serving Sevier County residents

By Jim Wogan The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a 10-wheeled mobile medical ministry operated by the Diocese of Knoxville, will begin serving residents living in fire-ravaged areas near Gatlinburg starting in late April. “We are trying to meet the needs of the population that’s been there all along, but invisible. …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic salutes volunteers at appreciation luncheon

By Emily Booker St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic honored its many volunteers for their ministry of service on Nov. 7 with a volunteer appreciation Mass and luncheon at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Father Bill Gahagan, pastor of St. Jude Parish in Helenwood, celebrated the Mass. “We come …

A Legacy of Healing

Patients, volunteers in growing numbers are drawn to the mercy of a mobile clinic By Bill Brewer Reimbursements for medical care given by the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic come in various forms when the mobile doctor’s office makes its rounds treating East Tennessee patients. “Thank you,” “I appreciate what you …