Diocesan women and men religious mark National Day of Prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Women and men religious serving in the Diocese of Knoxville participated in solemn vespers with exposition and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament Sept. 13 as part of the National Day of Prayer during the Year of Consecrated Life. Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, was celebrant of the vespers service held at Immaculate Conception. …

Irish Fest appeals to the Irish in all of us

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

If the weather, crowd size, and smiles are a barometer, then the 2015 edition of Irish Fest on the Hill at Immaculate Conception Church in Knoxville was a rousing success. More than a thousand people gathered in the 400 block of West Vine Avenue on Saturday, Aug. 8, for fellowship, food, live music, and fun. Sunny skies and warm temperatures …

Bishop Stika celebrates annual Red Mass

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal profession joined Bishop Richard F. Stika for the annual Red Mass on Oct. 8 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. The Red Mass is a centuries-old tradition in the Church, Bishop Stika – dressed in red vestments for the liturgy – said. “The color red designates the Holy …