The Order of Servitude

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Our beloved Bishop Richard Stika has rightly stated on Twitter regarding his feelings after yesterday’s ordination of four new transitional deacons and the state of the new clergy in the Diocese of Knoxville: Welcome Deacons Colin Blatchford, Tony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane. What a blessing to welcome you as a brother deacon! His Excellency is quite correct that …

Leaving the Clergy To Do It

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Tonight begins the second annual (and I suspect that it will be annual) Fortnight for Freedom, the observance by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designed to call attention to threats to religious liberty in our country, everything from the abominable Health and Human Services Department mandate that will force Catholic institutions from schools to hospitals to social service …

The Table of Plenty

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve used the ordination of Father Christopher Manning to help illustrate both the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders to the life of the Church as a whole, but also the role that ordained priests and deacons are playing in the growth of the Church in East Tennessee. When I last posted about …

The Laying On of Hands

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Since I wrote about it last week, Deacon Christopher Manning is now Father Christopher Manning, having been ordained to the priesthood-the presbyterate-by Bishop Stika this past Saturday. I regret that I was not able to attend, although Nicole and I had originally planned to do so. I’m praying to be able to attend the ordination of four new transitional deacons …

Corpus Christi, the Feast of Who We Are

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Today is the feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, which is often referred to by its Latin term, Corpus Christi. Many Catholics tend to overlook today’s feast, coming as it does two weeks after the Easter Season. In my own mind, however, today’s feast is perhaps one of the most important of the Church year, because it …

For the Glory of God and the Good of Souls

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

There will be a priestly ordination in the Diocese of Knoxville this coming Saturday, June 1st. Deacon Christopher Manning will be ordained to the priesthood at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. If the present crop of seminarians is any indication, Deacon Christopher will be the first of several such ordinations in the years ahead, God willing. I know …

The Handmaids Come to East Tennessee

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a religious order of cloistered Sisters dedicated to praying for priests as their primary charism, have arrived in East Tennessee. For now, there are just four sisters living on the grounds of Christ, Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, which is our diocesan retreat facility. However, the Sisters eventually plan to relocate their …

Pentecost is Coming, and the Diocese Is On Fire

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a story by Stephen Beale about the increasing numbers of Catholics in the South, and how our faith, which was once alien in this part of the country, is becoming the increasing norm. Indeed, the article rightly pointed out that our brothers and sisters in Northern dioceses and in many places on the …

Knoxville Priests Gather for Study Days

Deacon Scott Maentz Priesthood

Please remember to keep my brothers priests and I in prayer this week as we gather for our annual study days. This year we will be joined by Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey who will share some thoughts with us on preaching. Hopefully you will see the fruits of our time away in our homilies this coming …