The Needle’s Eye

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

As the old year of 2014 ended and 2015 was about to begin, the Holy See issued its annual report, which showed that the number of Catholics world-wide continues to grow, and that growth is evident across all continents. However, within the numbers there appears another notable trend, and that is that a vast majority of the growth in the …

The Religious Life

David Oatney Vocations

Religious life, or the consecrated life, as it is sometimes referred to, in the Catholic Church often attracts many and varied stereotypes within society. A great many of those stereotypes come from Hollywood and, it must be admitted here, that not all of those portrayals put people who live out the religious life in a bad light. After all, the …

Celibacy and Chastity

David Oatney Vocations

If you’ve been reading Life At 25 over the last few days, you know that we’ve begun a new series on the vocational life of the Church and what someone’s place might be in that vocational life, and you probably know that our previous two posts have been all about the sacrament of Matrimony. There is a reason for that, and …

Matrimony and Other Vocations

David Oatney Vocations

In the previous post at Life At 25, I discussed the importance of approaching marriage with a sacramental and vocational mentality, because the sacrament of Matrimony is a vocation in much the same way that the diaconate, priesthood, and religious life are vocations, callings that ultimately come from the Holy Spirit, and I pointed out that the Diocese of Knoxville’s Office …

Fostering An Attitude of Simplicity

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

Pope Francis made some very interesting remarks in recent days to a group of seminarians and consecrated religious novices who were visiting the Vatican as part of their Year of Faith observances, and his words have produced varied reaction from priests and religious around the world. The Holy Father told the assembled seminarians and novices that they should maintain humility …

The Handmaids Come to East Tennessee

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

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood, a religious order of cloistered Sisters dedicated to praying for priests as their primary charism, have arrived in East Tennessee. For now, there are just four sisters living on the grounds of Christ, Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton, which is our diocesan retreat facility. However, the Sisters eventually plan to relocate their …