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 …

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 Hands That Bring Us Jesus

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

As we continue our examination here at Life At 25 of vocations in the Church today, it is right that our attention should now turn to the Sacred Priesthood, because priests are absolutely vital to the mission of the Church, so much so that without priests there is no Eucharist, there is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is really no …

Clericalism and Laicism

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

Since the beginning of his pontificate, we have seen and heard Pope Francis denounce the evils of clericalism, or the idea that because clergy are part of the clerical state that they ought to be entitled to an exaggerated deference to which their flocks, as fellow Christians, would not be entitled. At its worst, clericalism can lead to a separation …

The Diaconate Class of 2007

David Oatney Catechism, Vocations, Year of Faith

Six years ago this past Sunday (June 9th) a historic event in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville took place, one so historic that the men who participated in it directly remember the date each year. It was the day the first class of permanent deacons in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville was ordained by then-Bishop (now …

For the Glory of God and the Good of Souls

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

There will be a priestly ordination in the Diocese of Knoxville this coming Saturday, June 1st. Deacon Christopher Manning will be ordained to the priesthood at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. If the present crop of seminarians is any indication, Deacon Christopher will be the first of several such ordinations in the years ahead, God willing. I know …