Parishioners re-enact Passion of Christ

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Passion of Christ came to life on Holy Thursday and Good Friday as actors re-enacted Jesus’ last hours leading to his crucifixion in dramatic portrayals at Holy Ghost and All Saints churches. As it occurs in many Spanish-speaking countries, re-enactment of the Passion, or Living Stations of the Cross, is an annual tradition conducted by amateur actors and is …

Father Kapaun to receive Medal of Honor posthumously

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Church, News

WICHITA, Kan. (Catholic News Agency/EWTN News)—Servant of God Father Emil Kapaun will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on April 11, prompting excitement from those who know of the U.S. Army chaplain’s heroic service in prison camps during the Korean War. “Like everybody else, I think it’s great news we’ve been waiting for some time,” said Father John Hotze, …

Robotichauns take silver medal in robotics competition

Stephanie Richer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

An ambitious group of Knoxville Catholic High School students found out what happens when you experiment with science and mathematics, adding in some engineering and marketing. The result was a competitive team that won high marks in a regional robotics competition. The Robotichauns (Team 2393), finished as second-place finalists in the Smoky Mountains Regional robotics competition, winning a silver medal. …

Pope presents blessing to Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, the world is embracing the new pontiff and his acts of humility and compassion. The pope’s popularity is extending beyond Vatican City, where he has upended traditional security protocol by walking into the crowds of faithful to shake hands, bless …

The Chrism Mass

Bill Brewer Lent, Media, News

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 …

Inaugural Mass celebrates Pope Francis’ ministry

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis — known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines …

Habemus Papam!

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the leader of a large urban archdiocese in Latin America, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis. He is the first pope in history to come from the Western Hemisphere and the first non-European to be elected in almost 1,300 years. The Jesuit was also …

Future Catholics participate in Rite of Election ceremonies

Dan McWilliams Lent, News

A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, director of Christian Formation for the diocese. “I just want to welcome you to the Church,” …

Benedict XVI: From humble servant to simple pilgrim

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Catholic News Service) — His Holiness Benedict XVI, who began his papacy describing himself as a “humble servant in the Lord’s vineyard,” described his retirement as a time of being a “simple pilgrim, who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth.” The 85-year-old pope emeritus arrived in Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28 about two-and-a-half hours …

Cardinal Rigali enjoys fitting send-off to Rome for papal conclave

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

In a turnout befitting a pope—or a cardinal—more than a thousand well-wishers were on hand Feb. 26 at All Saints Church and McGhee Tyson Airport to see Cardinal Justin Rigali as he departed for Rome, where he will join the College of Cardinals in a conclave to elect the next pope. Cardinal Rigali presided at a morning prayer service at …

Chatti Gras puts the fun in fundraiser

Bill Brewer News, Parishes, Schools

The Chattanooga Deanery’s three schools—Notre Dame, St. Jude and Our Lady of Perpetual Help—joined forces for the second consecutive year to throw a Mardi Gras celebration and fundraiser for tuition assistance programs. Chatti Gras attracted more than 800 guests, who spent an evening at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center enjoying live music, dinner, dancing, a silent auction and casino …

It’s a day on Capital Hill for Catholics

Dan McWilliams News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika led a group of East Tennessee Catholics taking part in the 16th annual Catholic Day on the Hill on Feb. 20. The state’s three bishops, including Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville and Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, of Memphis, visited several legislators as well as Gov. Bill Haslam. At the midpoint of the day’s visits, …

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali hold press conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Press Conference with Justin Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Richard F. Stika, The Diocese of Knoxville from patrick murphy-racey on Vimeo. Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, and Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika hold a press conference with members of the East Tennessee media on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Diocese of Knoxville …