Bishop comments on former St. Mary’s Hospital closing

Jim Wogan Health, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika reflected on the announcement that the former St. Mary’s Hospital will close its doors as a health-care facility in late December. The decision was announced on Oct. 26 by the hospital’s current owners. “I think about the generations of East Tennesseans who were born at St. Mary’s Hospital and the many others who were returned to …

St. Mary’s Clinic goes to Gatlinburg

Jim Wogan Health, News

Several weeks after deadly wildfires swept through East Tennessee in late 2016, it became obvious to Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, that it was time to bring the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical mission to residents living in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. Photo Gallery: (photos by Emily Booker) On April 27, after several months of investigation and planning, Sister Mariana, …

Doc Rock event can benefit St. Mary’s Mobile Medical Clinic

Jim Wogan Health, News

The 2016 Doc Rock for Health event will be held on Saturday, February 20th and the band “Spinal Tappin’ Docs” has graciously agreed to play benefiting the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic. Please plan to attend if you are able to, and be sure to vote for “STD-Spinal Tappin’ Doctors”! Date: Saturday, February 20th   Location: NV Night Club (125 E. Jackson …

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 …

White Mass celebrates ministry of health care professionals

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

Invoking the blessing of the Holy Spririt and the wisdom of St. Luke upon those serving in the health care profession, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a White Mass for medical professionals in the Diocese of Knoxville Oct. 17 at the Church of Divine Mercy. Bishop Stika told the congregation, numbering about a hundred, that Jesus wishes to use them, …

Preserving the sanctity of life through baby bottles

Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

Sanctity of life activities at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Madisonville will mean more money for sanctity of life activities at Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. St. Joseph the Worker parishioners recently have raised $973 for Catholic Charities’ Pregnancy Help Centers through the baby bottle fundraising drive it holds twice a year. Father P.J. McGinnity initiated the baby bottle …

Facility for St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic dedicated

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic now has a permanent residence – a 40-by-60-foot warehouse that can house the mobile clinic when it isn’t on the road delivering free medical care to those in need across East Tennessee. The facility was dedicated Nov. 13, with Cardinal Justin Rigali blessing the building located on the Church of Divine Mercy campus at 10919 …

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, …

Natural Family Planning speaker leads conference at St. Albert the Great

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Health

By Bill Brewer Health-care professionals from the Diocese of Knoxville were briefed on the latest advancements in Natural Family Planning on April 5 by Sister Marie Paul Lockerd, RSM, DO, who was invited by the diocese’s St. Luke Guild of East Tennessee to lead a conference at St. Albert the Great Church in Knoxville. Sister Marie Paul was joined by …

Bioethics is focus of Diocese of Knoxville health care conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Health, News

Advancements in medicine that have leapfrogged existing standard care practices, especially in reproductive science, are putting a premium on the view that “just because we could, doesn’t mean we should.” That was the assessment of Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education at the …

Prayers for Sarah

Bill Brewer Health, News

Father P.J. McGinnity, pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville, is asking Diocese of Knoxville parishioners for prayers for his cousin, Sarah Murnaghan, and her parents. Sarah, a 10-year old girl from Pennsylvania, has received widespread media coverage in recent weeks because she has been waiting a year and a half for a lung transplant to treat cystic …