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 …

Want To Keep Churches Open? Hand On Faith to Children

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

On All Souls Day New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan announced a list of parishes in his diocese which will “merge” with other parishes. At some of the parishes which will now have two or more churches in their parish, there will be sacraments celebrated at both churches. At a great many of these parish churches, the sacraments won’t be …

Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

A Change of Scenery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

A Brief Reflection On Jeff Emitt’s Entry Into Eternal Life

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

In the wee hours of this morning I happened to see a Facebook post from Bishop Stika that he had been at the hospital visiting Jeff Emitt, a seminarian of the Diocese of Knoxville, and that Jeff was in his final hours, and that he would likely “return to the Father” within a very short time. The Bishop later posted …

Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

The Prayers of Many Abound

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

Last week here on Life At 25 I wrote about the Eucharistic flash mob that we had in Market Square as part of a larger post about what turned out to be a real grace-filled weekend in the Diocese of Knoxville. I just returned from this month’s diaconate formation session and, as might be expected, the flash mob was an early …

The Season of Change

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville

Those of us who are former members of Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville joined current members in receiving a letter in the mail this weekend. In that letter, Monsignor Xavier Mankel, OP, V.G., who has been Vicar General of the Diocese of Knoxville since its foundation in 1988, informed all of us who have been associated with Holy Ghost over …

For the Love of Jesus

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Here in East Tennessee, the Catholic population has, in the past, often been seen to be marginalized. There seem to be so few of us and so many people of other faiths. Sometimes it seems as though our neighbors don’t understand us, and the things people don’t understand are the things they fear. However, things are changing for the Catholic …

We Rise With Christ In Baptism

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

HE IS RISEN! THE LORD IS TRULY RISEN! As the Church celebrates the reality of the empty tomb, it should also be remembered that we have a great many neophytes-new Catholics, who have been baptized and/or received into full communion with Holy Mother Church this weekend. Because the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection is about the rising to new life, the Church …

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 …