Construction set to begin on convent for Religious Sisters of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., will build their first United States convent in the Diocese of Knoxville near the diocesan home they have been sharing for five years. The order of women religious based in Alma broke ground Oct. 9 on the $1.2 million convent, which will be built in Knoxville at 6832 Northshore Dr. Its motherhouse …

Bishop Stika celebrates annual Red Mass

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal profession joined Bishop Richard F. Stika for the annual Red Mass on Oct. 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. The Red Mass is a centuries-old tradition in the Church, Bishop Stika – dressed in red vestments for the liturgy – said. “The color red designates the Holy …

Bishop Stika appoints priests to moderator assignments

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Father Dan Whitman has been appointed the Diocesan Spiritual Moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The DCCW is comprised of women across the diocese who are active in their parishes and the diocese. The council works to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service, working with …

At 6 months old, Aaron Morales is teaching a community about the value of life and the power of prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Health, Hispanic, Marriage and Culture, News

By Bill Brewer Aaron Roman Morales should not be here. By all accounts, birth defects would rob Aaron of the life his parents desperately wanted for him. At least that’s what the doctors concluded. But here he is, at 6 months old, growing and thriving and behaving like most children his age. That’s a far cry from Nov. 28, 2013, …

Pope tells bishops at family synod to speak fearlessly

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

By Francis X. Rocca VATICAN CITY (CNS) ‑‑ Pope Francis opened the first working session of an extraordinary Synod of Bishops on Oct. 6, urging participants to speak fearlessly and listen humbly during two weeks of discussion of the “pastoral challenges of the family.” Hungarian Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom-Budapest then outlined some of the major challenges the bishops would …

Knoxville seminarian ordained as deacon in St. Peter’s Basilica

Jim Wogan News, Vocations

Diocese of Knoxville seminarian Michael Hendershott’s journey in service to God and the Catholic Church reached a significant milestone when he was ordained a deacon during a ceremony in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on Oct. 2. Deacon Hendershott was one of 43 seminarians ordained by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.  He is studying for the priesthood at the Pontifical North …

Diocese of Knoxville students recognized at Youth Mass

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

By Dan McWilliams It isn’t often that a bishop asks students for advice on what to tell the pope. But that is what happened Sept. 27 during the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual Youth Mass. Bishop Richard F. Stika told the students that he would be going to the Vatican and needed advice on what he should tell Pope Francis about …

Pray the Rosary Every Day

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Prayer

Today is October 1st, and traditionally October is the month of the Holy Rosary. At least part of the reason for this is that October 7th is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary (the anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto), the commemoration of a day on which a great many of the faithful praying the rosary is believed, …