The Catholicism Project

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Fr. Bob Barron’s Catholicism series has been making its way around the country for almost a year now. If you have not had the opportunity to view it, I highly recommend doing so at your earliest opportunity. One of my goals during the Year of Faith is to watch the entire series again. Fr. Barron and his team did an excellent …

Introducing the Second Vatican Council

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

A large part of the Year of Faith will be focused on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. One of the best resources for understanding what happened at this historic event are the 16 documents which were produced during the years of the council. It is important to begin with an understanding of the …

Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Beginning on September 8, 2012, the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville will have a unique opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith in East Tennessee. Pope Benedict XVI has declared this coming year to be the Year of Faith. We also enter our 25th year as a diocese which gives us the opportunity to celebrate our small part in the story …

Diocesan camps are leadership training ground

Deacon Scott Maentz News

When school lets out in May and many students look for the nearest pool, mall, video game or smartphone to inhabit until August, a number of diocesan pre-teens and teens make plans to interact with peers from around the diocese to develop team-building and leadership skills. Sound like summer school? Think again. God Camp and the Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) …

Second collection Aug. 25-26 for tuition support

Deacon Scott Maentz News

Students across the Diocese of Knoxville will benefit from parishioners’ giving this weekend when the second collection at all Masses on Aug. 25 and 26 is directed to tuition assistance, where requests are outpacing funding. Bishop Richard F. Stika appears in a video with an appeal to all parishioners to support tuition assistance with this weekend’s second collection: bishopstika2ndcollection from patrick murphy-racey …

Christopher Manning ordained to the diaconate

Deacon Scott Maentz News

By Dan McWilliams Christopher Manning moved one step closer to the priesthood as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained him to the transitional diaconate Aug. 4 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Deacon Manning is completing a summer Clinical Pastoral Education assignment as a chaplain at the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center in Mountain Home before returning to Mundelein Seminary in Illinois, …

Knoxville abortion clinic closes

Deacon Scott Maentz News

The Knoxville-area pro-life community is rejoicing at the news that an abortion clinic has closed after nearly four full decades in business. The Volunteer Women’s Medical Clinic began packing Aug. 14 and shuttered its doors and put its building up for sale one day later, on the solemnity of the Assumption. The clinic, which opened in 1974, had been the …

Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

Deacon Scott Maentz News

Description: Bishop Stika will preside at Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on at 9 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 26. Place: Cathedral of the Sacred HeartAddress: 711 Northshore Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Map

Not Your Average Joe Men’s Conference

Deacon Scott Maentz News

Description: Bishop Stika will preside at the closing Mass of the Not Your Average Joe Men’s Conference at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25, at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville. Place: All Saints Catholic ChurchAddress: 620 N. Cedar Bluff Road Knoxville, TN 37923 MapURL: http://stjosephsociety.org/conference/

Diocese Acquires Retreat Center in Benton

Deacon Scott Maentz News

The Diocese of Knoxville has acquired the Priory of St. John the Apostle retreat center in Benton and 52 acres of property to go with it. The previous owners, who wish to remain anonymous, donated the center to the diocese. Bishop Richard F. Stika signed the papers Aug. 1 to make the transfer official. He announced the same day that the …