The Dark of Ages Past

Deacon Scott Maentz Film

I was watching the film Les Miserables the other day, which is a fascinating film and an amazingly Catholic film, and while one could write several long papers about the movie and themes within it, this one line in particular struck me. The men of the revolution are all in the upper room, rallying around the colors of the world. …

The Fantastic Four

Deacon Scott Maentz Vatican II, Year of Faith

Coming to Sacred Heart Cathedral this fall…. The FANTASTIC FOUR Adult Faith Formation program! To inaugurate the Year of Faith, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, and the Diocesan Silver Jubilee, Sacred Heart will offer four Wednesday evenings of FOOD, FAITH, FELLOWSHIP, and FUN.  Dinner will be served in the Eagle Café at 6:00pm, followed by a program …

St. Therese

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

St. Therese in Clinton was one of the original Harriman missions. From as far back as 1911, priests from Harriman served the faithful Catholics in Anderson County. There is little recorded of the history of Catholicism in the area until around 1960. The correspondence between Fr. Joel Wiggs and Bishop William Adrian attests to the fact that during the 1960’s …

The Harriman Missions

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

In 1905, Fr. E. F. Callahan wrote to Bishop Thomas Byrne, explaining why Harriman would be a good permanent center for the East Tennessee Catholic Missions. Missions of St. Francis de Sales: (Seven Counties-see no. 1) Comprising Counties of Washington, Johnson, Sullivan, Hawkins, Greene, Unicoi, Carter. Mission House at Johnson City….Families 17 (Catholic 8, mixed marriage 9). This field has only …

Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

Yesterday I posted a short video on the history of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. As a native Chattanoogan, I would be remiss to not also post this video on the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Like Immaculate Conception in Knoxville, Sts. Peter and Paul can be considered the mother church for Chattanooga. This is the video that was …

From A Missionary’s Diary

Deacon Scott Maentz Uncategorized

One of the first Roman Catholic priests to minister in East Tennessee was Fr. Emmanuel Francis Callahan. Fr. Callahan was ordained June 29, 1897 and spent many years serving the missions of East Tennessee. These words from his diary describe what life was like for some of the first Catholics of the area. He and his horse Rebel lived quite …

Year of Faith

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Vatican II, Year of Faith

Beginning on September 8, 2012, the faithful of the Diocese of Knoxville will have a unique opportunity to celebrate our Catholic faith in East Tennessee. Pope Benedict XVI has declared this coming year to be the Year of Faith. We also enter our 25th year as a diocese which gives us the opportunity to celebrate our small part in the story …