Archbishop Kurtz among U.S. religious leaders signing MLK jail letter response

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

WASHINGTON—Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took a group of white Alabama clergymen to task for suggesting he find ways, other than demonstrations and protests, to seek racial equality. The civil rights leader did not mince words telling the group that included Protestant pastors, a rabbi and a Catholic bishop—Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Durick of what was …

St. Mary School wins more science-fair honors

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge has a long tradition of success at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, and the winning string continued this spring as a St. Mary student earned grand-champion honors for the sixth year in a row. Daniel Mountain won the top prize—a trophy and $200—with his project, “In a Fog.” The fair was held …

Pontiff receives greetings from the Diocese of Knoxville

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

Bishop Stika delivers best wishes, invitation, gift to Pope Francis on weeklong Papal Foundation visit The Diocese of Knoxville is making quite an impression on Pope Francis so early in his pontificate. Bishop Richard F. Stika, who serves on the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees, met with the pope in Rome in April, even concelebrating Mass with the Holy Father, …

Catholic Charities’ ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Fun Walk attracts all ages

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, Media, News

Diocese of Knoxville parishioners numbering between 2,000 and 3,000 took advantage of beautiful spring weather to participate in the 15th annual “Kids Helping Kids” Fun Walk held by Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. The event took place at Knoxville Catholic High School on April 21 and was held to raise money for Columbus Home, a residential facility for abused, neglected or at-risk …

Understanding the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Bill Brewer Schools, Youth Ministry

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is more present and alive at Knoxville Catholic High School after students at the school led an Enthronement ceremony and Mass April 18 at All Saints Church. The Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus began with sophomore Morgan Briggs, who gave a presentation on the significance of the Enthronement. Father John Appiah then celebrated …

Bishop Stika named to advisory board of Catholic Athletes for Christ

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika’s passion for Major League Baseball has led to a pastoral appointment with an athletic twist. Bishop Stika has been named to the Episcopal Advisory Board of Catholic Athletes for Christ, a national Catholic sports ministry serving sports and athletes at all levels. “Catholic Athletes for Christ has been serving professional athletes and Major League Baseball is …

Cardinal says all feel ‘deep sorrow’ for bombing victims

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Christopher S. Pineo BOSTON (CNS)—Within hours of two explosions taking place near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley sent a message of prayer and support for those injured, their loved ones and those who experienced the trauma of the tragedy. “The Archdiocese of Boston joins all people of good will in …

Parishioners re-enact Passion of Christ

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Passion of Christ came to life on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as actors re-enacted Jesus’ last hours leading to his crucifixion in dramatic portrayals at Holy Ghost and All Saints churches. As it occurs in many Spanish-speaking countries, re-enactment of the Passion, or Living Stations of the Cross, is an annual tradition conducted by amateur actors and is …

Father Kapaun to receive Medal of Honor posthumously

Editor Catholic Church, News

WICHITA, Kan. (Catholic News Agency/EWTN News)—Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 11, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War. “Like everybody else, I think it’s great news we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Father John Hotze, …

The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide

Marian Christiana Marriage

New Catholic’s Divorce Healing Program – The Diocese of Knoxville Office of Marriage Preparation and Enrichment is pleased to announce the beginning of an exciting, new ministry to men and women who have suffered from divorce. This twelve week program will begin on Sunday, April 14 from 3-5 pm. The program will be held at Noodles and Company in their conference …

Robotichauns take silver medal in robotics competition

Stephanie Richer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

An ambitious group of Knoxville Catholic High School students found out what happens when you experiment with science and mathematics, adding in some engineering and marketing. The result was a competitive team that won high marks in a regional robotics competition. The Robotichauns (Team 2393), finished as second-place finalists in the Smoky Mountains Regional robotics competition, winning a silver medal. …