St. Mary’s Clinic goes to Gatlinburg

Jim Wogan Health, News

Several weeks after deadly wildfires swept through East Tennessee in late 2016, it became obvious to Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, that it was time to bring the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical mission to residents living in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. Photo Gallery: (photos by Emily Booker) On April 27, after several months of investigation and planning, Sister Mariana, …

Sister Mariana Koonce takes perpetual profession of vows

Emily Booker News

On August 16, Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, professed her perpetual vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. She along with two other sisters made their professions at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, Michigan. In attendance from the diocese were Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Deacon Sean Smith, Chancellor and Chief …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …

St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic volunteers honored

Jim Wogan News

Sister Marianna Koonce isn’t afraid to power a 40-foot mobile medical clinic around the back roads of East Tennessee, but the driving force behind the effort to bring medical care to rural areas in the Diocese of Knoxville might be the 80 volunteers who help her. On Nov. 7, those volunteers were honored with a special lunch and music at …

Construction set to begin on convent for Religious Sisters of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., will build their first United States convent in the Diocese of Knoxville near the diocesan home they have been sharing for five years. The order of women religious based in Alma broke ground Oct. 9 on the $1.2 million convent, which will be built in Knoxville at 6832 Northshore Dr. Its motherhouse …

Professing vows: At 40th anniversary, Alma Religious Sisters of Mercy expanding foundation

Bill Brewer News

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., are celebrating 40 years of foundation on Sept. 1. The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma have taken an active role in the Diocese of Knoxville, working in many levels of the diocese including schools, Catholic Charities, and health care. On Sept. 1, 1973, a small community of nine Sisters of Mercy …