Dr. Sedonna Prater appointed superintendent of Catholic schools

Jim Wogan News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Dr. Sedonna Prater as the new superintendent of Catholic schools effective April 10, 2019. “Dr. Prater is going to be an excellent leader for our Catholic schools,” Bishop Stika said. “She cares deeply about educating students the right way, and it only takes a few minutes with her to …

Pastoral Juvenil Groups for Youth/Menores de Edad

Todos los grupos de la Pastoral Juvenil Hispana se basan en estos 3 principios pastorales: Servicio, Socialización y Espiritualidad.  Todos los jóvenes entre 13-17 años están invitados a participar en estos grupos de las siguientes parroquias: San Patricio en Morristown, TN.  Las reuniones de los Valientes Discípulos de Jesús son los jueves de 6:30 PM hasta 8:30 PM en el Parish Center.  …

Diocese of Knoxville schools receive system accreditation

Bill Brewer News, Schools

The Diocese of Knoxville’s school system has been given two thumbs up for its accreditation efforts following a two-year evaluation process involving all 10 diocesan schools. A team of eight education evaluators with AdvancED, the organization that accredits schools around the country, presented its final recommendation for accreditation to diocesan leaders assembled at the Chancery in Knoxville on Feb. 23. …

Notre Dame High School celebrates 140 years

Emily Booker News, Schools

On October 6, Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga celebrated its 140th anniversary. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Father Mike Nolan (Class of 1978) gave the homily. The celebration continued with a dinner and party for alumni and supporters of Notre Dame at Stratton Hall. In 1876, the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Community in Nashville …

Student completes 125-mile Tour de Mary

Emily Booker News, Schools

Molly Deinhart, an eighth-grade student at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, recently completed a 125-mile bicycle ride to honor her teacher Darlene Adams, who is battling cancer. The Tour de Mary began on Oct. 5 at St. Mary Catholic School in Oak Ridge and finished on Oct. 6 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Chattanooga. Molly …

St. Mary School reaches technology goal through grant

Emily Booker News, Schools

Through the help of the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge is now a “one-to-one” school, offering a Chromebook for every student in grades 1-8. Through a $29,200 grant, the school was able to install improved wireless infrastructure and purchase dozens of Chromebooks. On May 4, the school celebrated this accomplishment. Bishop Richard F. Stika toured …

Students study new cathedral construction

Emily Booker Cathedral, Schools

Second-graders at Sacred Heart Cathedral School met with project supervisor Fred Atkins April 7 to learn more about the new cathedral construction taking place just outside their classroom windows. Mr. Atkins, who is with general contractor Merit Construction, told the students how big the new cathedral would be and what different types of materials went into making a cathedral. He …

St. Joseph students, bishop take part in rosary at abortion clinic

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Forty St. Joseph School students united with Bishop Richard F. Stika for a rosary Feb. 25 at the Planned Parenthood clinic in East Knoxville during the diocese’s 40 Days for Life observance. The bishop was joined by diocesan chancellor Deacon Sean Smith; Paul Simoneau, director of the Office of Justice and Peace; Sister Mary Marta, superintendent of Catholic Schools; and …

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 …

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 …

KCHS rolls to state football championship, 48-8

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic scored 48 unanswered points to capture its second state football championship with a 48-8 win over Pearl-Cohn on Dec. 5 in the BlueCross Bowl Class 4A finals at Tucker Stadium on the campus of Tennessee Tech in Cookeville. The Fighting Irish, also champions in 2008, never looked back after the Firebirds scored on a 91-yard run in the …

Five athletes at KCHS sign with universities

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

Knoxville Catholic High School celebrated its first signing day of 2015-16 on Nov. 11 as five student athletes committed to universities at a ceremony in the school library. Two softball players signed, Gianna Carideo with the University of Washington and Jessica Hamilton with Transylvania University. A pair of baseball players signed with Lincoln Memorial University, Turner Whitfield and Hunter Judd. …