Adoration and Ordination

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes four new priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow …

Diocese of Knoxville to ordain four priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, Vocations

The number of men joining the priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to climb as four seminarians are to be ordained by Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 31. Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane will take their vows during an 11 a.m. ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Once their …

For the Love of Jesus

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Here in East Tennessee, the Catholic population has, in the past, often been seen to be marginalized. There seem to be so few of us and so many people of other faiths. Sometimes it seems as though our neighbors don’t understand us, and the things people don’t understand are the things they fear. However, things are changing for the Catholic …

Handmaids of the Precious Blood celebrate historic anniversary

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

By Stephanie Richer A year isn’t a long period of time. But for the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, it has brought about an entirely new chapter of life. On May 6, Bishop Richard F. Stika, accompanied by fellow priests Father Jerry Daniels, Father PJ McGinnity, and Father Hoan Dinh, celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the first year …

Handmaids of the Precious Blood mark first anniversary in Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville is extending warm wishes for a happy anniversary to the Handmaids of the Precious Blood as the cloistered community of women religious marks its first year in residence at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Bishop Richard F. Stika marked the May 6 anniversary by celebrating Mass with the Handmaids in Benton. Bishop …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

David Oatney Catechism, Priesthood, Vocations

Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …

Slaves for Christ

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

As we continue our series on vocations in the Church at Life At 25, today we’ve come to a vocation that has touched my life in a personal way because I have been called to formation into that vocation, and that reality has played a roll in why I write entries on this diocesan blog. Among those in the Church who …

The Hands That Bring Us Jesus

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

As we continue our examination here at Life At 25 of vocations in the Church today, it is right that our attention should now turn to the Sacred Priesthood, because priests are absolutely vital to the mission of the Church, so much so that without priests there is no Eucharist, there is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is really no …

The Religious Life

David Oatney Vocations

Religious life, or the consecrated life, as it is sometimes referred to, in the Catholic Church often attracts many and varied stereotypes within society. A great many of those stereotypes come from Hollywood and, it must be admitted here, that not all of those portrayals put people who live out the religious life in a bad light. After all, the …

Celibacy and Chastity

David Oatney Vocations

If you’ve been reading Life At 25 over the last few days, you know that we’ve begun a new series on the vocational life of the Church and what someone’s place might be in that vocational life, and you probably know that our previous two posts have been all about the sacrament of Matrimony. There is a reason for that, and …

Matrimony and Other Vocations

David Oatney Vocations

In the previous post at Life At 25, I discussed the importance of approaching marriage with a sacramental and vocational mentality, because the sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation in much the same way that the diaconate, priesthood, and religious life are vocations, callings that ultimately come from the Holy Spirit, and I pointed out that the Diocese of Knoxville’s Office …

The Rock of True Love

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, no longer celebrated as a feast of the Universal Church, but it still remains a day known as the patronal feast for lovers, even if the secular world doesn’t usually understand that what they are celebrating is really an old Catholic feast day. Today should be a reminder, however, of the Lord’s blessing on …