Paraclete bookstore makes contribution to educate seminarians 

By Jim Wogan The Paraclete Catholic Books and Gifts store, a ministry of the Diocese of Knoxville, made a significant contribution to the life of the Church in January. Store manager Sara Lauer and business consultant Deacon Walt Otey presented Bishop Richard F. Stika with a check for more than …

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Lay artisans share their creations through Paraclete program

Consignment vendors emerge from the pandemic with a collection of crafts in time for Christmas sales     By Bill Brewer Necessity is the mother of invention, and never was that oft-repeated phrase truer than in early 2020 when the pandemic hit East Tennessee. That is when Kathy Willard went into action, …

‘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 …

A little store with a big purpose

The Paraclete carves out a niche to serve East Tennessee and beyond thanks to online sales       By Bill Brewer It’s not your grandmother’s Paraclete anymore. Well, it really is, and your mother’s, too, but recent changes at the longtime Catholic retailer mean it’s also your children’s, your parish’s, your …

Paraclete book, gift store under new management

Knoxville native Sara Lauer to lead East Tennessee’s only Catholic Church retail outlet From staff reports The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus have announced that the Paraclete Catholic Books and Gifts store is now under new management. Sara Lauer, a Knoxville native …

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The Paraclete store marks 30th anniversary

The retail outlet, owned by the Diocese of Knoxville, has special advantages that big-box and online retailers can’t offer By Dan McWilliams The Paraclete book and gift store opened in May 1987 and is still going strong 30 years later. The diocesan store next to the newly rising Cathedral of …

Book signings held for diocesan authors

By Bill Brewer Two Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who are active in the faith have recently published books that examine community within the Catholic Church. The authors, Monica Kimutis and Dr. Tricia Bruce, and their books were on display Sept. 30 at the Paraclete Catholic Book and Gift Store at …