A Change of Scenery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

Diocese closes silver jubilee year with homecoming celebration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville concluded its silver jubilee year on Sept. 13 with a daylong homecoming celebration that attracted some 750 to 1,000 people who enjoyed fun, games, food, music, and an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. Parishioners of all ages from across the diocese gathered on the grounds of Knoxville Catholic High School …

Diocese of Knoxville turns 25 on Sept. 8

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Catholic Diocese of Knoxville marks its 25th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 8, which begins a yearlong celebration of the diocese’s silver jubilee. On Sept. 8, 1988, Catholics from across East Tennessee gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center to celebrate the birth of the world’s newest diocese. The Diocese of Knoxville was split from the Diocese of Nashville, which at one …

Indulgences and the Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

Bishop Stika provided the priests of the diocese with this short explanation of indulgences and how to obtain one during the Year of Faith.  A Gift from the Holy Father.  At certain times in the history of the Church, popes have called upon the faithful to dedicate themselves to a deepening of their understanding in a particular area of the …

St. Therese

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

St. Therese in Clinton was one of the original Harriman missions. From as far back as 1911, priests from Harriman served the faithful Catholics in Anderson County. There is little recorded of the history of Catholicism in the area until around 1960. The correspondence between Fr. Joel Wiggs and Bishop William Adrian attests to the fact that during the 1960’s …

St. Vincent de Paul

Deacon Scott Maentz Year of Faith

“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.”  –St. Vincent de Paul One of the primary ways we will celebrate the Year of Faith and the 25th anniversary of our diocese is a campaign, led by …

The Harriman Missions

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

In 1905, Fr. E. F. Callahan wrote to Bishop Thomas Byrne, explaining why Harriman would be a good permanent center for the East Tennessee Catholic Missions. Missions of St. Francis de Sales: (Seven Counties-see no. 1) Comprising Counties of Washington, Johnson, Sullivan, Hawkins, Greene, Unicoi, Carter. Mission House at Johnson City….Families 17 (Catholic 8, mixed marriage 9). This field has only …

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

Yesterday I posted a short video on the history of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. As a native Chattanoogan, I would be remiss to not also post this video on the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Like Immaculate Conception in Knoxville, Sts. Peter and Paul can be considered the mother church for Chattanooga. This is the video that was …

Happy Anniversary!

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

Twenty-four years ago, Archbishop Pio Laghi pronounced these words which were met with great joy from Catholics in East Tennessee. “Today we make history. From the 8th of the month of September, 1988, at 7:30 in the evening, I declare the Diocese of Knoxville alive and born.” Sitting in the convention center as a young high school student, I could …

From A Missionary’s Diary

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

One of the first Roman Catholic priests to minister in East Tennessee was Fr. Emmanuel Francis Callahan. Fr. Callahan was ordained June 29, 1897 and spent many years serving the missions of East Tennessee. These words from his diary describe what life was like for some of the first Catholics of the area. He and his horse Rebel lived quite …

Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Beginning on September 8, 2012, the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville will have a unique opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith in East Tennessee. Pope Benedict XVI has declared this coming year to be the Year of Faith. We also enter our 25th year as a diocese which gives us the opportunity to celebrate our small part in the story …