Cardinal Dolan is keynote speaker at Following Jesus Conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the Diocese of Knoxville’s Following Jesus Conference April 18 at All Saints Church, focusing on Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis as different but important examples for following Christ. (Note: audio recordings of the Following Jesus Conference are available on the Catholic Radio Knoxville page) In describing Saint John Paul II, …

Laughs, stories plentiful at A Conversation with the Cardinals

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer It was a fire side chat for the ages – at least for the Diocese of Knoxville ages – when Bishop Richard F. Stika emceed an insightful and often lighthearted discussion by three of the universal Catholic Church’s leaders – Cardinals Justin Rigali, William Levada and Timothy Dolan – at the Tennessee Theatre on April 18. A …

Ground broken for new Sacred Heart Cathedral

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

By Dan McWilliams The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus family saw one of its brightest days April 19 as ground was broken on a new cathedral to replace the 59-year-old structure that has been the home parish for the Diocese of Knoxville since 1988. The day fell on Cardinal Justin Rigali’s 80th birthday, and the prince of the …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

Saturday Afternoon at the Eucharistic Congress

David Oatney Uncategorized

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 Uncategorized

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 …

Praying, fasting for peace in Syria

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholics across East Tennessee and around the country are encouraged to join a “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World” on Saturday, Sept. 7, as the U.S. government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis has called on the world’s Catholics to fast and pray for peace on …

Countdown to the Congress

David Oatney Uncategorized

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 …

The Jubilee Is Just Beginning

David Oatney New Evangelization

The Diocese of Knoxville’s long-awaited 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress is very quickly approaching, in fact I looked at the calendar today and it is difficult to believe how close at hand the Congress is, it is now less than a month away. Those of us who live and worship in the Diocese of Knoxville have been hearing about this very …

Leaving the Clergy To Do It

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Tonight begins the second annual (and I suspect that it will be annual) Fortnight for Freedom, the observance by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designed to call attention to threats to religious liberty in our country, everything from the abominable Health and Human Services Department mandate that will force Catholic institutions from schools to hospitals to social service …

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 …

Here Stands Baseball’s Perfect Knight

Deacon Scott Maentz Baseball

Earlier today Bishop Stika delivered the homily at the Mass of Christian Burial for Baseball Hall of Famer, Stan Musial. Stan’s son-in-law, Martin Schwarze, shared that Joe Torre had mentioned that Stan Musial was not only a Hall of Fame Baseball Player, but that he was also a member of the Hall of Fame when it came to life. Bishop …