Adoration and Ordination

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes four new priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow …

Eucharistic flash mob gathers in Market Square

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

It was a unique and inspiring display of faith on Market Square in downtown Knoxville May 30 when some 50 people took part in a Eucharistic flash mob in reverent adoration of the Holy Eucharist. One by one, the Catholic faithful gradually gathered before Father Aaron Wessman and knelt as he held a monstrance with the Holy Eucharist. As Father …

Introducing the Life At 25 Podcast

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville

I don’t think we’ve seen quite as much interest in Life At 25 as has been garnered over the last couple of days. Posting the priestly reassignment list for the Diocese of Knoxville along with a reflection on reassignment and change in the life of a priest and in our parishes has broken traffic records for this blog and has left …

The Season of Change

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville

Those of us who are former members of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville joined current members in receiving a letter in the mail this weekend. In that letter, Monsignor Xavier Mankel, OP, V.G., who has been Vicar General of the Diocese of Knoxville since its foundation in 1988, informed all of us who have been associated with Holy Ghost over …

Priest Moves and Soon to be Ordained Priest Assignments

Deacon Scott Maentz News, Parishes

From the Office of Bishop Richard F. Stika: I am pleased to announce the following priest moves which will be effective July 1, 2014 (unless otherwise noted): Msgr. Mankel – Retiring as Pastor of Holy Ghost Church (Note:  Msgr. Mankel will continue to serve as Vicar General and our historical archivist) Fr. Joe Brando – Retiring as Pastor of St. Mary Church …

Young-adult gathering set for June 29 to feature outdoor Mass, picnic

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Young Adult Ministry

Young adults from around the diocese are encouraged to be “hanging with the apostles” on June 29. The Frassati Fellowship, a Diocese of Knoxville outreach for young adults, is sponsoring a celebration of the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul with an outdoor Mass and picnic at the diocese’s Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Young adults age …

Hal And the Bishop

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Priesthood

Bishop Stika was the guest this past week on Hallerin Hilton Hill’s interview program Anything Is Possible this past week. I was most struck when the bishop said that he could not imagine his life as a bishop or a priest without prayer. Hallerin told His Excellency that “your face lights up” at the mention of prayer. I don’t disagree with …

Offer It Up

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Prayer

A recent discussion on my personal Facebook page feat my good friend Stephanie Richer (who really began the thread or conversation herself on her own page) revolved around certain people in our country and culture who label themselves “faith healers” and who have built up quite a following over the years. One well-known such “healer” has a national television program that …

Diocese of Knoxville to ordain four priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, Vocations

The number of men joining the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to climb as four seminarians are to be ordained by Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 31. Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane will take their vows during an 11 a.m. ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Once their …

Christ Is the Hope of Harvard (And Everywhere Else)

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Prayer

The Harvard Extension School Cultural Studies Club dropped its sponsorship of a “Black Mass” yesterday after initially removing it from campus to a nightclub called the Middle East. However, that club said that “negotiations had fallen through” and that no Black Mass would be held there. Members of the New York-based “Satanic Temple” were due to preside over the blasphemy, …

Pope Francis to beatify Pope Paul VI at Synod of Bishops on the family

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Pope Francis will beatify Pope Paul VI Oct. 19 during the closing Mass of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Pope Francis signed a decree May 9 recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Pope Paul, who led the church from 1963 to 1978, and authorized publication of the Oct. 19 …