Thoughts on Our Lady for the Feast of the Visitation

David Oatney Catechism, Saints, Year of Faith

Today is the last day of May, which is a month traditionally devoted in a special way to devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Catholic circles. Fittingly, the last day of the month is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates Mary’s visit to her sister Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56) after learning that both of …

Priests in diocese take on new assignments July 1

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Church, News, Vocations

New pastoral assignment changes announced by Bishop Richard F. Stika affect the chaplaincies at both diocesan high schools and the pastorates at several parishes. All appointments are effective Monday, July 1, unless noted. Father Patrick Brownell, chaplain at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, has been appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Morristown. Father Brownell has served at Notre …

For the Glory of God and the Good of Souls

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

There will be a priestly ordination in the Diocese of Knoxville this coming Saturday, June 1st. Deacon Christopher Manning will be ordained to the priesthood at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. If the present crop of seminarians is any indication, Deacon Christopher will be the first of several such ordinations in the years ahead, God willing. I know …

What Did the Pope Really Say?

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Year of Faith

If you believe The Huffington Post, the Holy Father preached the other day that atheists can all go to Heaven by doing good, never mind repentance, forgiveness, the Sacraments, or growth in faith. If you really think that the Holy Father preached that, I have some ocean front property on the top of Clingman’s Dome that I would love to sell you at …

The Power of Prayer

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Pope Francis has recently called on us to pray in a courageous fashion, not just to tell people we are praying for them or to say a quick prayer and be done with it. Courageous and strong prayer of faith is what we need. Indeed, St. Paul reminds us to “pray without ceasing” in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. The Holy Father held up …

Taking It To the Streets

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Vatican II, Vocations, Year of Faith

On Friday I discussed the New Evangelization and how we need to pray for an evangelizing spirit so that we are unafraid to proclaim the faith with charitable boldness in the way that Pope Francis seems to be calling on us to do. Are there any Catholic groups, especially organizations which are primarily lay ecclesial movements, that are actively witnessing …

The Handmaids Come to East Tennessee

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a religious order of cloistered Sisters dedicated to praying for priests as their primary charism, have arrived in East Tennessee. For now, there are just four sisters living on the grounds of Christ, Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, which is our diocesan retreat facility. However, the Sisters eventually plan to relocate their …

End of an era for Sister Yvette and St. Therese Church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Vocations

St. Therese Church in Clinton has grown from a small mission to an established parish since its founding in 1971; and for the past 38 years, Sister Mary Yvette Gillen, RSM, has faithfully served the parishioners and priests of St. Therese as the church has expanded. May 2013 marks the end of an era for St. Therese and Sister Mary …

We Should Pray for the Evangelizing Spirit of Pentecost

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

It has become fashionable in American ecclesiastical circles to refer to Pentecost as “the birthday of the Church.” That statement is certainly not incorrect, but Pentecost is about so much more than just the embryonic beginnings of the Church. Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Comforter in order that all of those who follow him would …

Emerald Youth Foundation honors Sisters of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Media, News

The 20th annual Emerald Youth breakfast that benefits the Emerald Youth Foundation and its efforts to help inner-city youth honored the Sisters of Mercy on May 3 during the event that attracted about 1,000 guests at the Knoxville Expo Center. One of the highlights of the breakfast event was to honor the Sisters of Mercy, longtime supporters of Emerald Youth …

A golf match made in heaven

Bill Brewer News

By Kara Lockmiller Alex Notte and Belen Mozo share a passion for golf. Now, the Bearden High School student who is a member of All Saints Church and the international golf pro have something else in common—a date to remember to Bearden’s senior prom. Alex has become an overnight sensation after being featured in newspaper and television reports for his …

Pentecost is Coming, and the Diocese Is On Fire

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a story by Stephen Beale about the increasing numbers of Catholics in the South, and how our faith, which was once alien in this part of the country, is becoming the increasing norm. Indeed, the article rightly pointed out that our brothers and sisters in Northern dioceses and in many places on the …

Glenmary Missioners “Gossiping the Gospel” in Unicoi County

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, News

Sharing the gospel in Unicoi County has borne much fruit for the Glenmary Missioners serving in Erwin, Tenn. St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission sponsored “Gossiping the Gospel” recently as a means of demonstrating how Catholics  can share their faith stories as an evangelization tool. Kathy O’Brien, a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Mission, gave a presentation on the …