Three Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., join Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, are happy to announce the upcoming arrival of three new Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. to the Diocese of Knoxville: Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, R.S.M., is a native of Duluth, Minn.  She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., in 2005, after graduating from high school. …

On Feast of Annunciation, Bishop offers memorial Mass for RSM co-foundress

Jim Wogan News

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding, RSM, a co-foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., was remembered by Bishop Richard F. Stika as an example to all Catholics, when, like the Blessed Virgin Mary,  she accepted God’s call to serve the Church, even in the face of uncertainty. “She was a woman, who, like the …

Bishop Stika blesses convent for Religious Sisters of Mercy

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Shortly after Bishop Richard F. Stika arrived in Knoxville in 2009, he reached out to a women’s religious order based in Alma, Michigan with a request– come to Knoxville and help serve Roman Catholics in East Tennessee. The Religious Sisters of Mercy accepted the bishop’s offer, and the Sisters who arrived here settled into their vital roles in healthcare, education and administration– …

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 …

A fond farewell for Sister Janice

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

If the suggestion of retirement is music to your ears, then for Sister Mary Janice Brink, RSM, it will be played by a dulcimer. After 43 years of ministry, Sister Janice is retiring and relocating to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Nashville. When asked what she planned to do in Nashville, Sister Janice said she looked forward to having …