Priests, deacons, women religious, laity gather for annulment workshop

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, News

Priests, deacons, women religious and laity from across the Diocese of Knoxville gathered April 29 to learn specifics surrounding the Declaration of Nullity process. Father David Carter, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and one of the diocese’s canon lawyers, delivered the keynote remarks for the workshop held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in …

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Construction Page

Thanks to the generosity of people across East Tennessee and elsewhere, construction on the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the first cathedral built in the Diocese of Knoxville started on April 19, 2015 when Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Father David Boettner, and Catholic leaders like Cardinal Timothy Dolan, were joined by state and local …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …

Ladies of Charity cut ribbon on cooler

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Year of Mercy

If they come, you will build it. Susan Unbehaun and her team of employees and volunteers at the Ladies of Charity in Knoxville have put their own twist on the movie “Field of Dreams” and its memorable line, “If you build it, they will come.” Mrs. Unbehaun, Ladies of Charity executive director,  and her staff, joined by friends and the …

Children from NPH ministry visit Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

More than a dozen children from a Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos home for orphans visited the Diocese of Knoxville March 4-7 as part of a U.S. tour to make people aware of the Catholic ministry in Central and South America. The children, ranging in age from 12 to 19, met with Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali at the …

Missionaries of Charity sisters among those killed in Yemen attack

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

By Catholic News Agency and Catholic News Service Pope Francis is condemning the “diabolical violence” of Friday’s deadly attack on a nursing home in Yemen, acknowledging in a special way the four Missionaries of Charity sisters who were killed during the siege. “His Holiness Pope Francis was shocked and profoundly saddened to learn of the killing of four Missionaries of …

Knights raise money for mental health programs

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Last fall, during the holiday season, the Knights of Columbus Council 6730 took to the streets to raise awareness and money for local mental health agencies in their 36th annual Tootsie Roll street collection. The Knights collected $7,590 from local citizens and businesses in Hamblen County. The Knights gave $3,795 to groups in the Five Rivers area: East High Special …

Diocesan priests receive Missionaries of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

While Catholics across the world have been called on by Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy— two priests from the Diocese of Knoxville received a special mandate from the Holy Father in Rome to spread merciful works further. Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy; and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at …

Bishop Stika announces change of Confirmation age (grade level), effective 2019

Jim Wogan Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Dear Friends, Nearly two years ago, I created a commission to examine, for pastoral reasons, the age of confirmation in the Diocese of Knoxville.  After extensive consultation and deliberation, the commission, chaired by Fr. Brent Shelton and Fr. Ronald Franco, CSP, made their recommendations to me last year.  After much prayer, discernment and further consultation, I have decided to move …

Five from KCHS commit on National Signing Day

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School celebrated National Signing Day on Feb. 3 as five student athletes committed to play for colleges. The signing ceremony was held in the school gym, with friends and family of each player making for a good crowd of witnesses. KCHS athletics director Jason Surlas addressed the gathering before the signings. “Today would not be possible without …

Hundreds turn out for Knoxville March for Life

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Hundreds of pro-life supporters, including many East Tennessee Catholics, turned out for a rally and the annual March for Life sponsored by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life. Nearly 500 people attended the rally Jan. 24 at the Tennessee Amphitheatre on the World’s Fair site, and more than 400 marched several blocks to a Clinch Avenue abortion …

Rosary for Life postponed until Feb. 20

Inclement weather is prompting postponement of the Diocese of Knoxville’s Rosary for Life and Divine Mercy Chaplet that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23. The new date for this year’s Rosary for Life, which will coincide with the diocese’s 40 Days for Life vigil, is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood at 710 N. Cherry St. …

St. John XXIII is 14th best U.S. Newman Center

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Offices, Parishes, Schools, Youth Ministry

Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal that provides information on schools, ranks the Diocese of Knoxville’s St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center as the 14th best Newman Center in the United States. A Pew Research study found that Christianity makes up 70 percent of the total population, with about 21 percent of the total identifying as …

A Legacy of Healing

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Health, Year of Mercy

Story and photos by Bill Brewer Reimbursements for medical care given by the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic come in various forms when the mobile doctor’s office makes its rounds treating East Tennessee patients. “Thank you,” “I appreciate what you do for me,” and “We are glad you are here” are received most often. Then there’s the occasional handmade show of …