Notre Dame students receive All-State honors, scholarships

Bill Brewer Home page, Media, News

By: Bill Brewer All-State honors have been awarded to six Notre Dame athletes and one student musician. Anthony Smith was named to the Tennessee All-State Band. He was joined in state-wide honors by Robert Kidwell in football, Kareem Orr in football, and Tyler Enos, also in football. Maddie Robbins was named All-State in soccer; Stephanie Bouchard was named All-State in …

Season of change: new coach, plays, foes face Fighting Irish

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Steve Matthews welcomes Catholic school setting as he leads KCHS football team in new TSSAA classification Knoxville Catholic High School head football coach Steve Matthews is settling into his new job after seven months at the helm of the Fighting Irish. Mr. Matthews was introduced to players, parents, and the media Dec. 21. He is a former NFL player with …

Planning the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress

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25th Jubilee Year begins with historic celebration Sept. 13-14 at Sevierville Convention Center A special birthday is just one reason to celebrate a Eucharistic Congress, as the Diocese of Knoxville will do Sept. 13-14. So as the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress draws near, plans are being finalized for 5,000 faithful to celebrate as the body of Christ the holy Eucharist. …

Continuing the work of Catholic Charities in East Tennessee

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Media, News

Sister Mary Christine Cremin directing area’s key social service agency as Father Ragan Schriver begins sabbatical Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, is adjusting to her new duties as acting executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, knowing she has large shoes to fill as Father Ragan Schriver begins a sabbatical that will take him away from the position he …

Honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Kenya

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Father William Oruko, associate pastor of St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, will be the spiritual director of a pilgrimage to Kenya August 19-Sept. 3.  Father Oruko presented a mission on the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Nairobi last year, and was invited to return and present the same mission in Mombasa, Kenya this year. The group will also travel to …

Emerald Youth Foundation honors Sisters of Mercy

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The 20th annual Emerald Youth breakfast that benefits the Emerald Youth Foundation and its efforts to help inner-city youth honored the Sisters of Mercy on May 3 during the event that attracted about 1,000 guests at the Knoxville Expo Center. One of the highlights of the breakfast event was to honor the Sisters of Mercy, longtime supporters of Emerald Youth …

Archbishop Kurtz among U.S. religious leaders signing MLK jail letter response

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

WASHINGTON—Fifty years ago, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. took a group of white Alabama clergymen to task for suggesting he find ways, other than demonstrations and protests, to seek racial equality. The civil rights leader did not mince words telling the group that included Protestant pastors, a rabbi and a Catholic bishop—Auxiliary Bishop Joseph A. Durick of what was …

St. Mary School wins more science-fair honors

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge has a long tradition of success at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair, and the winning string continued this spring as a St. Mary student earned grand-champion honors for the sixth year in a row. Daniel Mountain won the top prize—a trophy and $200—with his project, “In a Fog.” The fair was held …

Pontiff receives greetings from the Diocese of Knoxville

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Bishop Stika delivers best wishes, invitation, gift to Pope Francis on weeklong Papal Foundation visit The Diocese of Knoxville is making quite an impression on Pope Francis so early in his pontificate. Bishop Richard F. Stika, who serves on the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees, met with the pope in Rome in April, even concelebrating Mass with the Holy Father, …

Catholic Charities’ ‘Kids Helping Kids’ Fun Walk attracts all ages

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, Media, News

Diocese of Knoxville parishioners numbering between 2,000 and 3,000 took advantage of beautiful spring weather to participate in the 15th annual “Kids Helping Kids” Fun Walk held by Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. The event took place at Knoxville Catholic High School on April 21 and was held to raise money for Columbus Home, a residential facility for abused, neglected or at-risk …

The Chrism Mass

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The following photos and video are from Tuesday evening’s Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with The Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, Third Bishop of Knoxville. Joining Bishop Stika were His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali, the priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, and many of the faithful from around the diocese. Video by Deacon Patrick Murphy-Racey Slideshow of photos by Scott …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

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The Diocese of Knoxville is proud of our pastor Bishop Stika who delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall …