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 …

End of an era for Sister Yvette and St. Therese Church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Vocations

St. Therese Church in Clinton has grown from a small mission to an established parish since its founding in 1971; and for the past 38 years, Sister Mary Yvette Gillen, RSM, has faithfully served the parishioners and priests of St. Therese as the church has expanded. May 2013 marks the end of an era for St. Therese and Sister Mary …

We Should Pray for the Evangelizing Spirit of Pentecost

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

It has become fashionable in American ecclesiastical circles to refer to Pentecost as “the birthday of the Church.” That statement is certainly not incorrect, but Pentecost is about so much more than just the embryonic beginnings of the Church. Jesus promised that he would send the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete, the Comforter in order that all of those who follow him would …

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 …

Faith Is a Gift Worth Sharing Through Love

David Oatney New Evangelization, Vocations, Year of Faith

Please forgive me for using the beginning of this post as a means to introduce you once again to myself. Some of you might remember that I wrote a post back in January on the “The Triple Meaning of the Epiphany,” and I’ll be sharing my thoughts with you in the days, weeks, and months ahead on the Year of …

The Discernment Process

The word discernment comes from a Latin word meaning “to sift apart”. When we discern, we try to “sift apart” different possibilities in the hopes of finding the one that is most positive and life giving. The discipline and practice of discernment can happen on a variety of levels and in different circumstances (i.e. trying to determine which college to attend, …

Applying as a candidate for seminary

Often men have questions about the application process to the diocese and to the seminary. Here is some information regarding this process. It is important to note that a man first applies to the diocese. If he is accepted by the bishop as a seminarian, he then works with the diocese in applying to a seminary. It is also helpful …

Religious represented in the Diocese of Knoxville

Becoming a Sister Since the earliest days of the church, consecrated women have played a key role in building the body of Christ—through active ministries such as teaching, nursing, and assisting the poor as well as in contemplative communities devoted to prayer. The Diocese of Knoxville is blessed to have several communities of sisters in residence (see below). For more …

The Ordination of a Deacon and Communio

Scott Maentz Vocations

This past Saturday Bishop Stika ordained Arthur Torres Barona as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Knoxville. The ordination took place at St. Mary Church in Johnson City where Deacon Torres Barona will be serving. The following is a slideshow of photos I shot during the ordination Mass and at the reception that followed. You can also find all …

Deacon

The Diocese of Knoxville’s first class of permanent deacons—nearly 30 men—was ordained in June 2007. The second class was ordained in June 2016. These men now serve parishes throughout the diocese, as do a number of deacons who were ordained in other dioceses but now serve in East Tennessee. Within the Catholic Church, there are three orders of ordained ministers: …

Priest

In every generation since Jesus Christ founded his church, God has called men to serve him in a special way—as Catholic priests. Although this vocation is not without challenges, Catholic priests report very high satisfaction with their lives and work. If you are interested in discerning whether you might have a vocation to the priesthood and would like to learn …

Vocations Office

The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Knoxville promotes priestly vocations through discernment opportunities, the Diocesan Discernment Program, the Diocesan House of Discernment, and coordination with lay organizations in the diocese. The Vocation Office assists the bishop in fostering the formation of men who are preparing for the diocesan priesthood. The Vocation Promotion Office of the Diocese of Knoxville promotes …