Diocesan priests receive Missionaries of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

While Catholics across the world have been called on by Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy— two priests from the Diocese of Knoxville received a special mandate from the Holy Father in Rome to spread merciful works further. Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy; and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at …

KDCCW convenes in Chattanooga

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

The Knoxville Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its annual convention April 10-12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Chattanooga, and more than 200 members attended. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the opening Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on Thursday, and Monsignor Al Humbrecht of Holy Spirit Parish in Soddy-Daisy celebrated the Friday Mass and the closing …

A Monsignor Moment

David Oatney Pope Francis, Priesthood

Pope Francis recently made some big waves in the proverbial finger lake of the Catholic blogosphere and social media community when it was announced earlier this month that the Vatican will now limit the awarding of the title “Monsignor” outside of the Roman Curia to those diocesan priests who may be nominated by their bishops who are over the age …

St. Augustine Parish celebrates 75th anniversary

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes

By Dan McWilliams St. Augustine Parish in Signal Mountain marked its 75th birthday Nov. 3 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an anniversary Mass, dedicated a new education/multipurpose wing at the church, and blessed the parish’s new outdoor Stations of the Cross. Concelebrating were current St. Augustine pastor Father Joseph Kuzhupil and three former pastors in Father Bob Hofstetter, Father …