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 …

The Importance of Retreat

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations

The priests of the Diocese of Knoxville are on retreat as I write these lines at Lake Junaluska in North Carolina. The Church asks all of her clergy who are physically able to do so to make a retreat at least once a year, something that their diocese or religious order will often facilitate (here you see Bishop Stika celebrating …

Queen of Peace, Pray for Us

David Oatney Prayer, Year of Faith

If my memory serves me correctly, it was Father Meinrad Brune, OSB, who is the Oblate Director at St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology, who once shared with me and other oblates during a meeting many years ago a story that when he was a boy growing up in Indiana during the Second World War, he would often see …

Knoxville Priests Gather for Study Days

Deacon Scott Maentz Priesthood

Please remember to keep my brothers priests and I in prayer this week as we gather for our annual study days. This year we will be joined by Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey who will share some thoughts with us on preaching. Hopefully you will see the fruits of our time away in our homilies this coming …

I believe in one God….

Deacon Scott Maentz Catechism, Year of Faith

Though I’ve never officially met him, I’ve often quoted Fr. Cyprian Davis, a monk of St. Meinrad Abbey in Indiana who once said, “You can’t change the Creed because there is blood on the Creed.”  Christians throughout the world agree that there are certain beliefs to which we hold firm. There are truths engraved upon our hearts that cannot and …