Pope Francis appoints Cardinal Rigali as special envoy

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News

By Jim Wogan Cardinal Justin Rigali will represent Pope Francis as his special envoy at a celebration marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis. “It is a great honor to be the personal representative of Pope Francis,” Cardinal Rigali said. It brings me back to the archdiocese where I served for 9 ½ years.” …

Diocese of Knoxville well represented at canonization Mass

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Among the hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday to witness history as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II received sainthood were a group of parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville led by Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali. The 14 diocesan members, which included Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, pastor …

Father Ragan Schriver honored at Emerald O’ccasion

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 29th annual fundraising dinner was indeed an Emerald O’ccasion as some 500 supporters of the social-service agency joined in celebrating former executive director Father Ragan Schriver. The 2014 event, held March 13 at the Knoxville Marriott hotel, was planned as a tribute to Father Schriver, who completed his service leading Catholic Charities Nov. 30. Catholic …

Mass, dinner honor service of Monsignor Schmidt

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Parishes

Prayers were made, a homily was said, songs were sung, a standing ovation was given and heartfelt thanks were returned as a Mass in celebration of Monsignor George Schmidt, who is retiring as pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, was held March 1. Some 400 people were in attendance at the basilica to celebrate the …

Rosary For Life attracts parishioners from across diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

What looked to be a soggy Rosary For Life instead became a powerful witness for God and the sanctity of life Jan. 11 as a persistent downpour dried up when Cardinal Justin Rigali began prayer in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic. Some 250 people from across the Diocese of Knoxville braved the early morning rain to gather in …

Rosary for Life set for Jan. 11 in front of Planned Parenthood clinic

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika invites East Tennessee Catholics to join Cardinal Justin Rigali for the fourth annual diocesan Rosary for Life at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in front of the Planned Parenthood clinic located immediately off of Interstate 40, exit 390, at 710 N. Cherry St. in Knoxville. It is Bishop Stika’s hope that as many parishes and groups …

Sharing the Gospel of the Blessed Sacrament

David Oatney New Evangelization

Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika said something most interesting in his closing remarks at the Diocese of Knoxville Eucharistic Congress on September 14th. He said that when he came to East Tennessee, he was warned that he was going to a place where Catholics make up about 2% of the total population. “They told me ‘you understand that you are being …

Saturday Afternoon at the Eucharistic Congress

David Oatney Eucharistic Congress

After Dr. Hahn’s talk Saturday morning, Nicole and I did our best to meander our way to the lunch tables and outside to eat. After lunch, we went inside and made our way back to the room known as “Hall B” where Father Robert Barron was to speak and Eucharistic Adoration would take place. I took the time to go …

Friday Night and Saturday Morning At the Eucharistic Congress

David Oatney Eucharistic Congress

Friday and Saturday were the big days here in the Diocese of Knoxville, as our long-awaited 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress finally came to fruition, and what a special Christ-filled weekend it truly was. Over and over again, our speakers mentioned how hospitable everyone was, and it is certainly true. The Congress was well-organized and went off better than anyone could …

Eucharistic Congress ‘wows’ 5,000 Catholic faithful

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Eucharistic Congress, News

The Diocese of Knoxville celebrated its 25th anniversary in grand fashion Sept. 13-14 as some 5,000 faithful from throughout East Tennessee and around the country gathered in prayer and song, fellowship and worship at the Sevierville Events Center to rejoice the Holy Eucharist in the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress. “Wow” was the general consensus as a lineup of Catholic luminaries …

The Final Countdown

David Oatney Prayer, Year of Faith

The countdown to the Diocese of Knoxville’s first ever Eucharistic Congress has begun in earnest, because by the time this post is published, we will be speaking of the Congress as something that will be upon us not in a matter of months, weeks, or days. The biggest event in the 25-year history of the Diocese of Knoxville is now …

Countdown to the Congress

David Oatney Eucharistic Congress

Today, August 31st, is the last day that you can register for our Diocese of Knoxville 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress, scheduled for the Sevierville Convention Center on September 13th and 14th. If you’ve looked at the calendar you know that the reason today is the last day is because the Congress is just two weeks away. A lot of people …

Pope presents blessing to Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, the world is embracing the new pontiff and his acts of humility and compassion. The pope’s popularity is extending beyond Vatican City, where he has upended traditional security protocol by walking into the crowds of faithful to shake hands, bless …

Benedict XVI: From humble servant to simple pilgrim

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (Catholic News Service) — His Holiness Benedict XVI, who began his papacy describing himself as a “humble servant in the Lord’s vineyard,” described his retirement as a time of being a “simple pilgrim, who begins the last stage of his pilgrimage on this earth.” The 85-year-old pope emeritus arrived in Castel Gandolfo Feb. 28 about two-and-a-half hours …