Sharing the Gospel of the Blessed Sacrament

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Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika said something most interesting in his closing remarks at the Diocese of Knoxville Eucharistic Congress on September 14th. He said that when he came to East Tennessee, he was warned that he was going to a place where Catholics make up about 2% of the total population. “They told me ‘you understand that you are being …

The Eucharist Saves From Spiritual Starvation

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One of the most important things that Father Robert Barron said in his talk at the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress on Saturday was that “without the Eucharist, we would starve spiritually.” Father Barron recounted the story of the first time that he ever participated in a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. He said that when he …

Saturday Afternoon at the Eucharistic Congress

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After Dr. Hahn’s talk Saturday morning, Nicole and I did our best to meander our way to the lunch tables and outside to eat. After lunch, we went inside and made our way back to the room known as “Hall B” where Father Robert Barron was to speak and Eucharistic Adoration would take place. I took the time to go …

Friday Night and Saturday Morning At the Eucharistic Congress

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Friday and Saturday were the big days here in the Diocese of Knoxville, as our long-awaited 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress finally came to fruition, and what a special Christ-filled weekend it truly was. Over and over again, our speakers mentioned how hospitable everyone was, and it is certainly true. The Congress was well-organized and went off better than anyone could …

Eucharistic Congress ‘wows’ 5,000 Catholic faithful

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The Diocese of Knoxville celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand fashion Sept. 13-14 as some 5,000 faithful from throughout East Tennessee and around the country gathered in prayer and song, fellowship and worship at the Sevierville Events Center to rejoice the Holy Eucharist in the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress. “Wow” was the general consensus as a lineup of Catholic luminaries …

The Final Countdown

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The countdown to the Diocese of Knoxville’s first ever Eucharistic Congress has begun in earnest, because by the time this post is published, we will be speaking of the Congress as something that will be upon us not in a matter of months, weeks, or days. The biggest event in the 25-year history of the Diocese of Knoxville is now …

Diocese of Knoxville dedicates St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic

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After more than a year of planning and anticipation, the Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the region’s newest mobile medical clinic Sept. 11 during a ceremony attended by diocesan partners and community supporters. Bishop Richard F. Stika blessed the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a 40-foot-long family doctor’s office on wheels, which was dedicated as diocesan and community leaders cut the ceremonial …

The Pope Who Leads By Example

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Pope Francis not only called for a vigil of prayer and fasting this past weekend, but the Holy Father has continued a recurring theme of rejecting what he likes to call “false religiosity,” telling people not to keep certain devotions merely for the sake of those devotions, but to engage in devotional practices and works of charity that draw them …

Diocese of Knoxville turns 25 on Sept. 8

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The Catholic Diocese of Knoxville marks its 25th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 8, which begins a yearlong celebration of the diocese’s silver jubilee. On Sept. 8, 1988, Catholics from across East Tennessee gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center to celebrate the birth of the world’s newest diocese. The Diocese of Knoxville was split from the Diocese of Nashville, which at one …

Praying, fasting for peace in Syria

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Catholics across East Tennessee and around the country are encouraged to join a “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World” on Saturday, Sept. 7, as the U.S. government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis has called on the world’s Catholics to fast and pray for peace on …

Pope Francis calls for peace, worldwide vigil Sept. 7

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VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Agency/EWTN News) — Departing from his typical reflections on the Sunday gospel, Pope Francis used his Angelus audience Sunday to call for peace throughout the world, particularly in conflict-ridden Syria. “I appeal strongly for peace, an appeal which arises from the deep within me,” he said to the crowds in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 1. …

Queen of Peace, Pray for Us

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If my memory serves me correctly, it was Father Meinrad Brune, OSB, who is the Oblate Director at St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology, who once shared with me and other oblates during a meeting many years ago a story that when he was a boy growing up in Indiana during the Second World War, he would often see …