St. John Neumann School students show love through locks

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams With a drum roll from music teacher Jonathan Leichman, 21 girls at St. John Neumann School in Farragut on Jan. 29 continued a four-year tradition of donating their ponytails to benefit cancer patients. As the student body looked on in the gymnasium, parents and friends began snipping the locks, some of which the girls had worn for …

Diocese celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Jim Wogan News, Schools, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika was in Chattanooga visiting St. Jude Catholic School on Thursday while Sister Mary Marta Abbott toured St. Joseph and St. John Neumann Schools in Knoxville. The two-pronged effort was part of the Diocese of Knoxville’s decision to make Catholic Schools Week (Jan 26-30) special for all diocesan school students, teachers and staff members. “I think this is important, …

Diocese concludes investigation into possible miracle

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

In September 2014, the Diocese of Knoxville was asked to conduct a formal inquiry to examine a possible miracle attributed to the intercession of Servant of God, Isaac Thomas Hecker. The inquiry centered on an initially diagnosed tumor which disappeared before surgery was to take place. The patient had prayed, asking Father Hecker to intercede with God, to remove his …

Pope Francis defends the family as God intended it

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

While visiting Sri Lanka and the Philippines recently, Pope Francis turned more than a few heads by explaining in detail, and some three times in four days, just how right Blessed Pope Paul VI had been when he wrote Humanae Vitae. He issued what can only be described as some of the harshest criticism of abortion and contraception of his pontificate …

Diocesan students participate in 2015 national March for Life

Jim Wogan News

  The massive March for Life in Washington, DC is getting a boost from students across the Diocese of Knoxville. Bradford Bosarge, director of campus ministry at Knoxville Catholic High School, says 75 students and chaperones arrived in the nation’s capital on Wednesday night. “I hope this helps our students see the value and dignity of life from conception to …

Blood drive to aid ailing KPD officer, Immaculate Conception parishioner

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

The Knoxville Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive for Immaculate Conception parishioner Jeff Stiles, who is a captain with the KPD and is battling cancer. Capt. Stiles, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May and continues his courageous fight to beat the disease, currently is undergoing daily treatment in Nashville. A special blood drive conducted by the Medic …

Pope Francis braves storm to address typhoon survivors in Philippines

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service  TACLOBAN, Philippines (CNS) — Fourteen months after Typhoon Haiyan devastated much of the central Philippines, Pope Francis braved a tropical storm to encourage survivors in their ongoing work of recovery. The weather forced him to leave the area hours ahead of schedule, so he made up for reduced contact with words and gestures …

Pope receives enthusiastic welcome in Philippines

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MANILA, Philippines — Pope Francis did not disappoint hundreds of former street children who were part of a massive campaign to show him one of the centers where they have found safety and love. Although it was not in his official program, Pope Francis walked out of Manila’s Immaculate Conception Cathedral after Mass Jan. …

Awesome Responsibility, Incredible Gift

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord yesterday, the Church officially ended the Christmas season and enters Ordinary Time. As it happens, I spent the last weekend of the Christmas season with my brother candidates for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville in formation. This weekend’s topic was Canon Law. Those of you who read Life At …

Diocesan faithful join Cardinal Rigali at Rosary for Life

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer Cardinal Justin Rigali was joined by more than 250 Catholic faithful Jan. 10 in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic for the annual Rosary for Life. Cardinal Rigali led the prayer service on the sidewalk in front of the clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street, one of two abortion facilities in Knoxville. In the Diocese of …

Tickets on sale for Conversation with the Cardinals at Tennessee Theatre

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, Leadership, News, Priesthood

Nearly 200 years of Catholic leadership will be on stage when the Diocese of Knoxville presents A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada will be featured speakers in an entertaining and informative four-way discussion about the Catholic Church. Bishop …

2015 Rosary for Life scheduled for Jan. 10

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika is inviting parishioners from across the Diocese of Knoxville to be witnesses for God and the sanctity of life on Jan. 10 as the diocese once again holds its Rosary for Life in front of Planned Parenthood’s clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street. His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali will lead participants in prayer beginning at 10:00 …

The Needle’s Eye

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

As the old year of 2014 ended and 2015 was about to begin, the Holy See issued its annual report, which showed that the number of Catholics world-wide continues to grow, and that growth is evident across all continents. However, within the numbers there appears another notable trend, and that is that a vast majority of the growth in the …