Postulant-to-be shares a love story that promises to change her life

Notre Dame student professes commitment to Jesus, Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma as she declares her vocation                  By Bill Brewer Erica Pereira is changing her relationship status. And what a relationship she now is in. On Aug. 1, the University of Notre Dame student, who has spent the past …

The joy of priesthood

Kentucky retreat offers seminarians a chance to share discernment experiences Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer Back when he was first considering holy orders, it’s doubtful Mark Schuster knew that the path to the holy priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville would include a side trip to a …

The Melchizetrek: Keeping it real

God is present everywhere as priests, young men brave the elements to discern a vocation Story by Bill Brewer Photography courtesy of Father David Carter and Father Michael Hendershott When young men are discerning a vocation to the priesthood, priests pray for the intercession of the Holy Spirit to give …

Group exploring ways to re-establish Serra Club in Knoxville

Father Joe Reed celebrates Sacred Heart Cathedral Mass to mark diocesan-wide appeal for vocations By Emily Booker Are you answering God’s call in your life? Are you helping others answer their call? A group in Knoxville is working to create a culture that grows and nourishes vocations in the Diocese …

Listening for God, whether by a whisper or a prod

The duty of fostering vocations pertains to the whole Christian community; an invitation to listen to His voice By Father Joe Reed Though it may not always feel like it, God speaks to us in ways we have the capacity to understand. Maybe we don’t understand perfectly and immediately, but …

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Charism is at the heart of Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma

Diocesan schools, health care, social services benefit from the Catholic order’s ministries By Sherrie Shuler On a bitterly cold evening in January, I pull into the driveway of the Convent of St. Richard in a West Knoxville neighborhood and approach a rather unpretentious entry. The moment I reach for the …

Seven from KCHS visit Dominicans’ motherhouse

Seven Knoxville Catholic High School students took the opportunity Oct. 31-Nov. 1 to travel to the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville. The trip was designed to give the young women a chance to grow in faith, experience religious life firsthand, and to pray and …

Notre Dame High School alum, director answers God’s call

Tour with schools superintendent inspires Jenny Rittgers to join Religious Sisters of Mercy Jenny Rittgers finally said yes. And the decision has changed her life. After a long discernment, the Notre Dame High School graduate and admissions director answered the call to consecrated religious life and in January joined the …