Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

A Change of Scenery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

An Apology and a Q&A on Lord of the World

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Books

First of all, I want to apologize to our readers who have been leaving good comments. I have been receiving them, but for some reason that I am as yet unsure of, they are not appearing on Life At 25. Please keep sending them, because I know that Scott Maentz, who does a great deal of our web work here in …

Diocese closes silver jubilee year with homecoming celebration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville concluded its silver jubilee year on Sept. 13 with a daylong homecoming celebration that attracted some 750 to 1,000 people who enjoyed fun, games, food, music, and an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. Parishioners of all ages from across the diocese gathered on the grounds of Knoxville Catholic High School …

Diocese investigates possible miracle

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News

by Jim Wogan   Bishop Richard F. Stika has officially launched an inquiry into whether a miracle has occurred in the Diocese of Knoxville, a move that could strengthen the case for sainthood for a Catholic priest. On Monday, Bishop Stika issued a formal decree initiating a diocesan inquiry regarding the possible miracle. The decree is highly unusual and is …

Pope presides over wedding of 20 couples at St. Peter’s Basilica

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Marriage, Marriage Enrichment, News

By Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY – Presiding over the wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis celebrated marriage as the union of a man and woman playing complementary roles during their common journey through life.“This is what marriage is all about: man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more …

Diocese closes silver jubilee year with homecoming celebration

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

The Diocese of Knoxville concluded its silver jubilee year on Sept. 13 with a daylong homecoming celebration that attracted nearly 1,000 people who enjoyed fun, games, food, music, and an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. Parishioners of all ages from across the diocese gathered on the grounds of Knoxville Catholic High School to take part in the …

Medal of Honor heroes meet diocesan students

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams Students from Catholic elementary schools and Knoxville Catholic High School heard stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice as Medal of Honor recipients, in town for a national convention, spent time with them Sept. 12. All of the speakers arrived by helicopter, including retired Army Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry and Army Specialist Ty M. Carter, who were …

Q & A: Donating Your Body To Science

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our latest Catholic Q&A question comes from a long-time reader today via her children, who have asked a serious question about Church teaching as it relates to the treatment of the bodies of persons who have left this earthly life. The question, however, came from a uniquely East Tennessee perspective: Is it okay for a Catholic to donate their body …

Continue the Jubilee Celebration With A Faith That Is Vibrant And Alive

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Yesterday, on the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Diocese of Knoxville officially passed its 26th birthday. That means that we are nearing the official end of our diocesan jubilee celebration, and it also means that we again have an opportunity to reflect on the goodness of God toward our Diocese of Knoxville and the people …

New cathedral part of diocesan Home campaign

Bill Brewer Cathedral, News

By Bill Brewer As the Diocese of Knoxville concludes a silver-jubilee year highlighted by key milestones, it is now setting the stage for the next 25 years and beyond with plans for a new cathedral and a capital campaign to benefit each parish and priest. After a decade of consideration and more than a year of study, Bishop Richard F. …

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta community is diocese’s newest parish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville is now 48 parishes strong after Bishop Richard F. Stika elevated Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission in Maynardville during a special Mass on Sept. 5. Bishop Stika, giving a homily in Blessed Teresa’s temporary facility in a storefront along Highway 33, praised parishioners for working to build the Union County Catholic community …

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: …

The Gospel According to Osteen

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

The wife of a certain prominent evangelical televangelist made some recent comments about the reason we worship that sheds some unfortunate light on what we might call the popular theology of many within our society with her public interpretation of why we worship and what it is that “makes God happy.” Of course Victoria Osteen’s statement that “God takes pleasure …