Bishop authorizes start of new inquiry for future deacons

Jim Wogan Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

After ordaining a class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville in June, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized the start of a new inquiry period for another diaconate class– which is expected to begin study in September 2017. Between now and then, the diocese is inviting interested men to begin a non-academic period of prayer, discernment and paperwork. “The purpose …

Awesome Responsibility, Incredible Gift

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

With the feast of the Baptism of the Lord yesterday, the Church officially ended the Christmas season and enters Ordinary Time. As it happens, I spent the last weekend of the Christmas season with my brother candidates for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville in formation. This weekend’s topic was Canon Law. Those of you who read Life At …

Q & A: Blessing Objects and Things

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catechism

Our occasional Catholic Q&A series continues with a question about how one might go about getting something blessed from a reader who is a little “gun-shy” about asking to have religious objects blessed. How should I ask a priest to bless my sacramental? A corollary question that our writer seemed to hint at but did not ask outright would be: …

Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

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

The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

Bishop Stika ordains three seminarians into transitional diaconate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The pathway to priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to be busy as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained three seminarians June 14 to the transitional diaconate, an important step in their religious education before priesthood. Newly ordained Deacons Jesús Guerrero-Rodríguez, Raymond Powell and Scott Russell participated in the Rite of Ordination for the diaconate at the Cathedral of the …

The Prayers of Many Abound

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Last week here on Life At 25 I wrote about the Eucharistic flash mob that we had in Market Square as part of a larger post about what turned out to be a real grace-filled weekend in the Diocese of Knoxville. I just returned from this month’s diaconate formation session and, as might be expected, the flash mob was an early …

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 …

Thoughts and Thanksgiving On Candidacy

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

On Saturday I was extremely blessed and grateful as Nicole and myself joined 22 of my brother Aspirants for the diaconate for the Rite of Candidacy with Bishop Richard Stika, our formation directors Deacons Tim Elliott, Jim Lawson, and Joe Stackhouse, and many of the Deacons of our diocese and their families. It was certainly a blessed and celebratory occasion, …

Civil Law vs. Holy Sacrament

David Oatney Catechism, Prayer, Vocations

By now, much of the world knows about the United States Supreme Court decisions Wednesday which repealed the most important and effective part of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), and which upheld by means of remand a lower court ruling which said that California’s Proposition 8, a ballot measure which amended that State’s constitution to define marriage as being …