Countdown to the Congress

David Oatney Uncategorized Leave a Comment

Today, August 31st, is the last day that you can register for our Diocese of Knoxville 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress, scheduled for the Sevierville Convention Center on September 13th and 14th. If you’ve looked at the calendar you know that the reason today is the last day is because the Congress is just two weeks away. A lot of people …

Professing vows: At 40th anniversary, Alma Religious Sisters of Mercy expanding foundation

Bill Brewer Uncategorized Leave a Comment

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., are celebrating 40 years of foundation on Sept. 1. The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma have taken an active role in the Diocese of Knoxville, working in many levels of the diocese including schools, Catholic Charities, and health care. On Sept. 1, 1973, a small community of nine Sisters of Mercy …

40-day vigil brings awareness to immigration reform

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News Leave a Comment

Parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville are taking part in a 40-day vigil on immigration reform. The vigil, which is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign, began Aug. 15 and ends Sept. 23. The diocese is asking parishes, organizations and individuals to dedicate one hour to bring awareness to the need for a …

Notre Dame, KCHS celebrate Irish Bowl’s return

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry Leave a Comment

According to the United States Congress of Catholic Bishops, the New Evangelization proposed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in this Year of Faith calls us to “to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.” Who knew a game of football could do that? On Aug. 23, the Fighting Irish of Knoxville Catholic High School hosted the Fighting Irish of …

“The Church of God Welcomes You With Great Joy”

David Oatney Catechism Leave a Comment

Perhaps the biggest news from the Vatican this week is a piece of news that almost slipped in under the radar, but has a profound theological effect on the meaning of the liturgy for the Rite of Baptism. Up to this point, priests and deacons have been saying “the Christian Community welcomes you with great joy,” but because of a …

Looking Honestly At the Marriage Question and the Culture

David Oatney Catechism, Vocations Leave a Comment

A recent blog post that I happened to read by the evangelical Protestant writer and speaker David Murrow at the weblog that he co-writes called A Few Grown Men wondered if so-called “gay marriage” would eventually accelerate the trend in the secular culture toward what some people call “open marriage,” in other words, marriages of convenience where the husband and wife …

Diocese of Knoxville schoo year off to good start

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools Leave a Comment

The Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools are off to a successful start as the 2013-14 school year begins. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the opening Mass on Thursday at Knoxville Catholic High School, and football teams from Knoxville Catholic and Notre Dame high schools resumed their rivalry Aug. 23 in the Irish Bowl at KCHS. Total enrollment for the new …

Pontiff Emeritus Says Holy Spirit Led Him Out (updated)

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood Leave a Comment

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reportedly told a visitor to his residence at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery last week that his abdication from the Chair of St. Peter came about not because he was unwilling to stay on the job, but because he had a mystical experience in prayer wherein the Holy Spirit planted a strong desire to remain alone with the …

Area lawyers commission portrait of Archbishop Kurtz

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News Leave a Comment

Members of the legal profession who made contributions toward the cost of a portrait of Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz met the artist Aug. 14 during a showing of the artwork. Brad Coriell painted a portrait of the archbishop that now hangs in the Blessed John Paul II Room at the Chancery. Mr. Coriell is an award-winning artist who has earned …

The Jubilee Is Just Beginning

David Oatney New Evangelization Leave a Comment

The Diocese of Knoxville’s long-awaited 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress is very quickly approaching, in fact I looked at the calendar today and it is difficult to believe how close at hand the Congress is, it is now less than a month away. Those of us who live and worship in the Diocese of Knoxville have been hearing about this very …

Clericalism and Laicism

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations Leave a Comment

Since the beginning of his pontificate, we have seen and heard Pope Francis denounce the evils of clericalism, or the idea that because clergy are part of the clerical state that they ought to be entitled to an exaggerated deference to which their flocks, as fellow Christians, would not be entitled. At its worst, clericalism can lead to a separation …

Season of change: new coach, plays, foes face Fighting Irish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Media, News Leave a Comment

Steve Matthews welcomes Catholic school setting as he leads KCHS football team in new TSSAA classification Knoxville Catholic High School head football coach Steve Matthews is settling into his new job after seven months at the helm of the Fighting Irish. Mr. Matthews was introduced to players, parents, and the media Dec. 21. He is a former NFL player with …