Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

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Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Tonight we begin the commemoration of the central events of our faith. The very heart of everything we believe as Catholics, as followers of Jesus Christ is commemorated between now and Sunday morning. We are reminded in the opening passage from Exodus, which is actually one of the most important passages in …

Introducing the Life At 25 Podcast

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville 12 Comments

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 …

Slaves for Christ

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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 …

Servant of the Servants of God

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As youth from around the world gather in Rio de Janeiro for next week’s World Youth Day festivities, some in the secular press seem keen to play a highly misleading and greatly erroneous game of “compare the popes” between Pope Francis and his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. The latest to play this game seems to be the religion section …

The Diaconate Class of 2007

David Oatney Catechism, Vocations, Year of Faith 2 Comments

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 …