Cathedral on the Hilltop doing well after 18 months

 

Last updated 11/9/2012 at 7:05pm



During the month of August 2005, Catholics on the Hilltop had to go through the heartbreak of closing their beloved churches that had been a vital part of the Hilltop community for more than a century.

For over 100 years these churches that eventually were merged into Saint John Vianney Parish were gathering places for weddings, funerals, baptisms, confirmations as well as other functions and activities.

At the time of the church closings, it was uncertain what the future was going to bring to the Catholic community in this area.  Many rumors had circulated about the future of the church and many had doubts that the parish would be able to survive with only one church building. 

However, over the last 18 months, those that have attended a Sunday Mass or perhaps a wedding, funeral, baptism or confirmation in the newly renamed Saint John Vianney Church and have seen the dramatic improvements that have taken place in and around the “cathedral on the hilltop,” it is evident to all that the Catholic community is not going anywhere anytime soon. 


Under the leadership of Father Tom Wilson, who was named administrator of Saint John Vianney Parish back in October and had previously been the parochial vicar for the parish, SJV continues to make improvements both inside and outside the church to make the community better and brighter for the future. 

I know without a doubt, with the help and guidance of Father Wilson and the many dedicated parish volunteers, Saint John Vianney will continue to strive and will continue to provide Catholic education and resources on the Hilltop for many years to come. Saint John Vianney is blessed to have Father Wilson as their pastor and even more blessed to have the many dedicated volunteers that have devoted many hours both at their former churches and now at Saint John Vianney Parish. 

I encourage everyone to stop by and see the changes that continue to take place in and around the “cathedral on the hilltop.”   

Chuck Fallert

Knoxville

 

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