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 Gospel values for the needs of the Church and the community.
Father Whitman, pastor of Notre Dame Parish in Greeneville, succeeds Monsignor Xavier Mankel, who retired from the active priesthood July 1 and has stepped down from his DCCW Moderator assignment.
Father Whitman will continue to serve as Deanery Spiritual Moderator for the Five Rivers Deanery Council of Catholic Women.
With his new role, Father Whitman will work closely with parishioner Shirley Riehl, who is president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.
Bishop Stika also announced that Father John Dowling has been appointed Moderator of the Ladies of Charity. He also succeeds Monsignor Mankel.
The Ladies of Charity organization is based in Knoxville, providing clothing, food, furniture, and other necessities to lower income residents.
In his new role, Father Dowling will work closely with Nancy Scheurer, president of the Knoxville Ladies of Charity.
And Bishop Stika announced that Father Brent Shelton has been appointed Deanery Spiritual Moderator of the Smoky Mountain Deanery Council of Catholic Women.
In addition to Mrs. Riehl, Father Shelton, who is pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Townsend, will work closely with parishioner Marilyn Hafner, president of the Smoky Mountain Deanery Council of Catholic Women.