‘The Wall That Heals’ Vietnam veterans memorial visits the Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Stika delivers remarks, Benediction at public event to mark the mobile tribute’s stopover            By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika spoke at and gave the Benediction for a ceremony April 21 at “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, …

Local Knights assembly honors Tennessee veterans with wreaths at state cemetery

By Gabrielle Nolan Remember. Honor. Teach. This is the mission of Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit based in Maine dedicated to remembering “the men and women who served our country, honor our military and their families, and teach our children about our freedom and those who protect it.” And for …

Cardinal Rigali dedicates veterans memorial

His Eminence blesses the monument outside the cathedral following the annual Green Mass By Dan McWilliams Cardinal Justin Rigali dedicated a monument to veterans outside the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Nov. 7 following the annual Veterans Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. The Veterans …

Brother priests who became military chaplains reunited in burial ceremony

Fathers Robert and Frank Brett now laid to rest together in Arlington National Cemetery           By Dennis Sadowski/Catholic News Service Amid the pomp and ceremony that marks a military burial, Father Francis Brett was reunited after more than 50 years with his younger priest brother at Arlington National Cemetery. The former …

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Catholic veterans post helps vets with ‘anything’

Post 1973 at Our Lady of Fatima assists vets in a variety of projects, including food drives and flag-retirement ceremonies By Bill Brewer Deacon Ken Long spends each Tuesday giving Communion to a small group of men he barely knows but shares much in common. He’s a veteran helping other …

Veterans Day 2015 has special meaning at Our Lady of Fatima

Parish becomes first in diocese to have a Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America post                    By Bill Brewer Veterans Day hit a little closer to home this year at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa. OLOF will be the first parish in the Diocese of Knoxville …