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 …

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 …

The Eucharist Saves From Spiritual Starvation

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Priesthood

One of the most important things that Father Robert Barron said in his talk at the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th Anniversary Eucharistic Congress on Saturday was that “without the Eucharist, we would starve spiritually.” Father Barron recounted the story of the first time that he ever participated in a Papal Mass in St. Peter’s Square. He said that when he …

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 …

Diocese of Knoxville turns 25 on Sept. 8

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Catholic Diocese of Knoxville marks its 25th anniversary Sunday, Sept. 8, which begins a yearlong celebration of the diocese’s silver jubilee. On Sept. 8, 1988, Catholics from across East Tennessee gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center to celebrate the birth of the world’s newest diocese. The Diocese of Knoxville was split from the Diocese of Nashville, which at one …

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 …

Pontiff Emeritus Says Holy Spirit Led Him Out (updated)

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reportedly told a visitor to his residence at Mater Ecclesiae Monastery last week that his abdication from the Chair of St. Peter came about not because he was unwilling to stay on the job, but because he had a mystical experience in prayer wherein the Holy Spirit planted a strong desire to remain alone with the …

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 …

Planning the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress

Bill Brewer Eucharistic Congress, Media, News

25th Jubilee Year begins with historic celebration Sept. 13-14 at Sevierville Convention Center A special birthday is just one reason to celebrate a Eucharistic Congress, as the Diocese of Knoxville will do Sept. 13-14. So as the diocese’s first Eucharistic Congress draws near, plans are being finalized for 5,000 faithful to celebrate as the body of Christ the holy Eucharist. …

Word On Fire At the Congress and In the Blogosphere

David Oatney Catholic Blogs, New Evangelization, Priesthood

A big part of the reason that Bishop Richard Stika authorized the creation of Life at 25 was to spread the message of the Diocese of Knoxville’s 25th Anniversary and of the growth of East Tennessee’s Catholic community through the means of the internet and new media. While I am not certain how often His Excellency reads this blog, I …