KCHS girls soccer team repeats as state champs

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

After a marathon victory in a shootout in the semifinals, the Knoxville Catholic High School Lady Irish captured their second straight Class A-AA state soccer championship with a 4-0 victory over rival Notre Dame on Nov. 1 at the Richard Siegel Soccer Complex in Murfreesboro. Ashley Hickman scored a hat trick for KCHS to lead the Lady Irish, and goalkeeper …

Bishop Stika visits St. Mary’s School

Jim Wogan News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika continued his on-going effort to visit with diocesan school children when he spent the morning at St. Mary’s School in Oak Ridge on Oct. 24. Students enjoyed hearing from Bishop Stika during an all-school assembly in which His Excellency spoke about the journey that brought him to East Tennessee as the leader of the Diocese of …

Fighting Irish hold off Webb in Battle of the Bluff

Bill Brewer News, Schools, Youth Ministry

The Fighting Irish of Knoxville Catholic High School emerged from the annual Battle of the Bluff with a 24-6 football victory over Webb School Oct. 23. The Fighting Irish’s 2014 record remains unblemished at 9-0, and it is the first win over Webb since 2008, the year KCHS won the state championship. The schools, which have been competing for decades, …

Medal of Honor heroes meet diocesan students

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams Students from Catholic elementary schools and Knoxville Catholic High School heard stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice as Medal of Honor recipients, in town for a national convention, spent time with them Sept. 12. All of the speakers arrived by helicopter, including retired Army Staff Sgt. Leroy A. Petry and Army Specialist Ty M. Carter, who were …

Knoxville Catholic retains Irish Bowl trophy with win over Notre Dame

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan Notre Dame High School battled rival Knoxville Catholic and the clock Friday night as the Chattanooga Fighting Irish’s hopes for a last-second tie or victory fell short in the teams’ first football game of the 2014 season. Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the first quarter and held off a tough Notre Dame squad to …

Diocesan In-Service Day begins school year

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams and Sedonna Prater Nearly 300 teachers and administrators from East Tennessee Catholic schools took part in the annual Diocesan In-Service on Aug. 8 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Bishop Richard F. Stika began the program with a keynote address in the KCHS gym. The day fell on the feast of St. Dominic, which was appropriate, the bishop …

High School Catholic Youth Camp

CANCELLED High School Catholic Youth Camp: All incoming 9th-12th graders are welcome Meet Catholics your own age from all over the diocese, listen to inspiring speakers, learn about the new evangelization, celebrate liturgy, challenge yourself in a variety of ways, enjoy the sand volleyball or basketball courts or GaGa Pit. Pray the Outdoor Stations of the Cross or maybe just …

The sounds of spring: Diocesan schools give choral concert

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools, Youth Ministry

Students from Knoxville Catholic High School, St. Joseph School, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, St. John Neumann School and Sacred Heart School joined voices May 1 to deliver a spring choral concert. More than 50 students performed for parents, friends and supporters in the commons area at KCHS. The chorus was conducted by KCHS choral director Daniel Varnell and …

Chastity speaker Jason Evert leads programs at Notre Dame High School

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Popular Catholic author and chastity speaker Jason Evert led programs for Notre Dame High School parents and students April 10-11. Mr. Evert headlined an assembly for about 50 parents, titled “Raising Pure Families,” at the Chattanooga high school April 10 and then April 11 spoke to Notre Dame students and also about 35 Knoxville Catholic High School students who traveled …

Students raise money to help teacher battling cancer

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

The Challenge youth group at St. Mary Parish in Oak Ridge left St. Mary School’s Spanish teacher “in awe” after the group raised nearly $2,800 to help her with medical bills as she battles cancer. Darlene Adams was diagnosed with stage 3C ovarian cancer two years ago. The Challenge girls group, which includes a number of St. Mary students, was …

Five commit to colleges on National Signing Day at KCHS

Dan McWilliams News, Schools

Five Knoxville Catholic High School student athletes committed to play at the next level in a National Signing Day ceremony Feb. 5 in the school library. Offensive lineman Patrick McFall signed with East Tennessee State University. Track athlete Camille Baker committed to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Three soccer standouts, Molly Dwyer, Tori Sanders, and Charlotte Sauter, signed as …

Diocesan educators, students preparing for Catholic Schools Week

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Knoxville will kick off Sunday, Jan. 26, at many parish schools with Mass and open houses. Superintendent Sister Mary Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, has been collecting information on all the events occurring in the diocese’s 10 schools. This will be her third year to visit all the schools during Catholic Schools Week. Last …

Sacred Heart Cathedral School students perform ‘A Christmas Carol’

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes, Schools

If it’s the Christmas season, then it must be time for A Christmas Carol. And so it was Dec. 7 as Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Theatre Arts Program staged the Charles Dickens classic at the Bearden High School auditorium. Sacred Heart Cathedral School’s Heart to Heart Players presented the holiday tale of redemption, an adaptation by Frederick Gaines that featured …

Lady Irish win state soccer title

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

Knoxville Catholic High School’s girls soccer team made history Nov. 2, and in doing so made an impact on a state-wide level. The Lady Irish won the TSSAA Girls Soccer State Championship in Murfreesboro, defeating neighboring rival Christian Academy of Knoxville 3-1 in the Class A/AA title match at Richard Siegel Park. It was the first state championship for any …