St. Therese of Lisieux parish celebrates a century of Catholicism in Cleveland, Tenn.

Jim Wogan News

Long before the Diocese of Knoxville existed, back when the seeds of Catholicism were starting to sprout roots in the spiritual soil of East Tennessee, Father Paul Hostettler was a nurturing the crop, and keeping the rats away. Father Hostettler was appointed pastor at the Church of the Resurrection in Cleveland, Tennessee in 1958, and he quickly discovered that he wasn’t the …

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Deacon Scott Maentz Diocese of Knoxville, Parishes

St. Therese in Clinton was one of the original Harriman missions. From as far back as 1911, priests from Harriman served the faithful Catholics in Anderson County. There is little recorded of the history of Catholicism in the area until around 1960. The correspondence between Fr. Joel Wiggs and Bishop William Adrian attests to the fact that during the 1960’s …