Diocese of Knoxville Completes Why Catholic? with Retreat

By Anne Scanlan, RENEW International Pastoral Services Team

The Diocese of Knoxville celebrated the completion of RENEW's four year process, Why Catholic? Journey through the Catechism, with a retreat titled: Sitting by the Well: Meeting Jesus in Prayer. The retreat was the culmination of this last year focused on the fourth pillar of the Catechism, Christian Prayer. The retreat was offered at four parishes in different deaneries in the diocese so to optimize participation in the parishes.

It was a delight to hear comments like: “Why Catholic? was the best thing that has happened in our parish;” “I can’t wait for the next opportunity for faith sharing; perfect strangers are now folks I deeply care about because of my small Christian community,” and “faith sharing was new and hard at first but in the end, changed my life in the best way!” In all, there were over 2000 participants across the diocese in this final year.

Being part of this journey was a great blessing and I delighted in the warmth and enthusiasm of the retreatants at each of the presentations. The commitment to and sharing of the Gospel was palpable at every welcoming site and is bearing fruit in the lives of all who have been part of this evangelizing moment.

The photo below appeared in a recent issue of The East Tennessee Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese of Knoxville.

RENEW International Retreat
Held at Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity Parish in Jefferson City, TN hosted a RENEW International retreat April. Anne Scanlan, pastoral associate for RENEW International, was the presenter; the topic was "Meeting Jesus at the Well." The retreat was well-attended by a group of participants that included parishioners from Notre Dame in Greenville and St. Henry in Rogersville, including St. Henry pastor Father Mike Jennings. Pictured from left Holy Trinity spiritual-life committee chair Judith Hall, Ms. Scanlan, and Holy Trinity deacons Gordon Lowery and John Riehl.
Photo courtesy of Judith Hall.

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