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 …

How To Avoid A Priest Shortage

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

I recently had a conversation with a former schoolteacher of mine, a good and devout Catholic, wherein we exchanged prayer intentions, for through the blessing of the internet I can interact with former teachers and school friends that I have not otherwise seen in many years. In the course of this conversation, we began to discuss priests and I shared …

Adoration and Ordination

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

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Introducing the Life At 25 Podcast

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville

I don’t think we’ve seen quite as much interest in Life At 25 as has been garnered over the last couple of days. Posting the priestly reassignment list for the Diocese of Knoxville along with a reflection on reassignment and change in the life of a priest and in our parishes has broken traffic records for this blog and has left …

The Season of Change

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville

Those of us who are former members of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville joined current members in receiving a letter in the mail this weekend. In that letter, Monsignor Xavier Mankel, OP, V.G., who has been Vicar General of the Diocese of Knoxville since its foundation in 1988, informed all of us who have been associated with Holy Ghost over …

For the Love of Jesus

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Here in East Tennessee, the Catholic population has, in the past, often been seen to be marginalized. There seem to be so few of us and so many people of other faiths. Sometimes it seems as though our neighbors don’t understand us, and the things people don’t understand are the things they fear. However, things are changing for the Catholic …

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 …

The Rock of True Love

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Today, February 14th, is Valentine’s Day, no longer celebrated as a feast of the Universal Church, but it still remains a day known as the patronal feast for lovers, even if the secular world doesn’t usually understand that what they are celebrating is really an old Catholic feast day. Today should be a reminder, however, of the Lord’s blessing on …

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.” …