Benedict XVI: From humble servant to simple pilgrim

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Catholic News Service) — His Holiness Benedict XVI, who began his papacy describing himself as a “humble servant in the Lord’s vineyard,” described his retirement as a time of being a “simple pilgrim, who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth.” The 85-year-old pope emeritus arrived in Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28 about two-and-a-half hours …

Cardinal Rigali enjoys fitting send-off to Rome for papal conclave

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

In a turnout befitting a pope—or a cardinal—more than a thousand well-wishers were on hand Feb. 26 at All Saints Church and McGhee Tyson Airport to see Cardinal Justin Rigali as he departed for Rome, where he will join the College of Cardinals in a conclave to elect the next pope. Cardinal Rigali presided at a morning prayer service at …

Chatti Gras puts the fun in fundraiser

Bill Brewer News, Parishes, Schools

The Chattanooga Deanery’s three schools—Notre Dame, St. Jude and Our Lady of Perpetual Help—joined forces for the second consecutive year to throw a Mardi Gras celebration and fundraiser for tuition assistance programs. Chatti Gras attracted more than 800 guests, who spent an evening at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center enjoying live music, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and casino …

It’s a day on Capital Hill for Catholics

Dan McWilliams News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika led a group of East Tennessee Catholics taking part in the 16th annual Catholic Day on the Hill on Feb. 20. The state’s three bishops, including Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville and Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, of Memphis, visited several legislators as well as Gov. Bill Haslam. At the midpoint of the day’s visits, …

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali hold press conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Press Conference with Justin Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Richard F. Stika, The Diocese of Knoxville from patrick murphy-racey on Vimeo. Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, and Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika hold a press conference with members of the East Tennessee media on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Diocese of Knoxville …

Diocese of Knoxville plays role in papal succession

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement Monday that he will resign effective Feb. 28 took the world by surprise, prompting Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the diocese, to meet with East Tennessee media representatives and brief them on the pontiff’s decision. Bishop Stika and Cardinal Rigali held a press conference at …

Public safety workers recognized at Blue Mass

Bill Brewer News

Knoxville police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were on hand Feb. 8 as Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at a Blue Mass in recognition of the public safety community.  A Knoxville Police Department honor guard, surrounded by Knights of Columbus, stood in place at Sacred Heart Cathedral as the 6:45 a.m. Mass began. In his homily, Bishop Stika thanked …

KISL basketball: A true underdog story

Bill Brewer News, Schools

St. John Neumann School’s boys varsity basketball team claimed the 2012-13 Knoxville Independent School League tournament championship in the large school division, defeating Episcopal School of Knoxville in the championship game. The Mustangs, who finished second in the KISL regular season, were led by tournament most valuable player Joseph Fluker, All-Tournament selections Sean Purcell and JB Schaffer and All-League selection …

KCHS students sign scholarship papers

Bill Brewer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

It was the first day that high school seniors can accept athletic scholarships to play at a Division I school. The 10 students signed letters allowing them to pursue academic and athletic opportunities at the college level. The signing ceremony took place in the KCHS gymnasium before family, friends, and coaches. The letters were immediately faxed to the athletes’ schools …

Knoxville Priests Gather for Study Days

Deacon Scott Maentz Priesthood

Please remember to keep my brothers priests and I in prayer this week as we gather for our annual study days. This year we will be joined by Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey who will share some thoughts with us on preaching. Hopefully you will see the fruits of our time away in our homilies this coming …

Registration for Catholic Days on the Hill under way

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes, Schools

Catholics across the state are encouraged to participate in Catholic Day on the Hill and Catholic Schools Day on the Hill this month. The annual events, sponsored by the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission, are for parishioners and students to visit with their lawmakers to express interest in legislative issues affecting them and the state. The registration deadline for Catholic …