Catholic Church in America: News of the East
|Byzantine Catholic Mission Parish
Established in East Tennessee
Seymour, TN - The
Byzantine Catholic Mission of the Holy Resurrection was formally established
on Easter Sunday of 2001. This was one of the last acts that Archbishop
Judson did before his untimely death in April. The Byzantine Catholic
Community here in East Tennessee had begun two years ago, and the Archbishop
felt that there was sufficient stability to raise the community to mission
The Nashville mission, which really never materialized, is no longer in
Holy Resurrection Byzantine Catholic Mission celebrates the Divine Liturgy
twice a month at Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Seymour, Tennessee,
which is about 15 miles southeast of downtown Knoxville. It is also easily
accessible from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge. Members of the mission from all
over the East Tennessee area. The Divine Liturgy is celebrated at 5:30 p.m.
on the first Saturday of the month, and at 3:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of
the month. On the weekends that we do not have the Divine Liturgy, Byzantine
Vespers are celebrated after the 5:30 Mass at Holy Family.
The mission is served by Fr. Thomas O'Connell, who is pastor of Holy Family
Roman Catholic Church as well as the pastor of the Holy Resurrection
Fr. Thomas O'Connell.
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