So Much Has Been Learned, So Much To Be Learned

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Some of my confreres in diaconate formation have gotten on me about the lack of entries here at Life At 25, even though I have had good reason. That reason is that I am the primary daytime caregiver for our nine month-old daughter Riley, and I find that I have lots of ideas for writing, but little time in the …

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: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

Thoughts of a Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

The men of our diocesan diaconate formation class were formally installed as Lectors by Bishop Stika on Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass at All Saints in West Knoxville on Saturday evening. As was done when we were made Candidates (and will be done again when we are made Acolytes and will later, God willing, be ordained) we all answered …

Installation as Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

I pray readers will forgive me if I ask the prayers of our Life At 25 readers because later today, myself and the other 22 candidates of the Diocese of Knoxville’s diaconate formation will be formally installed Lectors today. In so doing, we will do more than become readers at Mass, but will be seen to become servants and teachers of the …

The Ministry of Diakonia

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Along with the 22 other members of the Diocese of Knoxville diaconate formation class, I have returned from our annual retreat weekend, which was led this year by Father Andreas Hoeck, the Academic Dean of St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver. Many of the men love Father Andreas, as he has instructed us before on the writings of St. John …

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 …

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 On the Bishop’s Appeal

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Some of you might have heard your pastor make an announcement in your parish this weekend about the Bishop’s Appeal, the annual campaign of the Diocese of Knoxville to raise funds for diocesan-wide projects, missions, and charities. It is very easy to listen to the pitch for the Bishop’s Appeal and simply think “oh great, another plea for more money.” …

A Blessed Year for a Blessed Diocese

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Year of Faith

Today is the last day of 2013, the seventh day in the Octave of Christmas, and the Vigil of the feast of Mary, the Mother of God. Today is as good a time as any to take stock of the previous year. For the Diocese of Knoxville, 2013 has been a historic year in which our 25th anniversary has been …

Practice Preaching

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

If you read Catholic blogs on a regular basis, you have probably noticed that many clergy blogs have something in common. Whether it is Monsignor Charles Pope and his official work for the Archdiocese of Washington (Monsignor Pope does the same thing in Washington that myself and Father Christian Mathis have done here at Life At 25 for the Diocese …

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, …