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Father Philip Breen, former pastor of St. Ann Church, has died at 77 (Jordan Buie, The Tennessean)

Posted 03/01/2016

Father Philip Breen, former pastor of St. Ann Church Catholic Church in Nashville and a priest of 50 years, died Monday, according to the Catholic Charities of Tennessee. He was 77.The organization posted on Facebook about the passing of Breen, saying he had been a long-time supporter of the organization and a servant to people in need.Breen served on the organization's … read more >>

CCUSA Lenten Reflection / Third Sunday of Lent (Collen Mayer, Catholic Charities of Tennessee)

Posted 02/28/2016

A few weeks ago, some co-workers and I took part in our community's Point-in-Time count, when hundreds of volunteers are sent out in the middle of the night to identify persons who are homeless and living on the streets. It's not the most gratifying of assignments, in that you don't do anything to help; you are simply assessing community needs. In fact, we were advised to … read more >>

Legislators Push Plans to Sue Feds over Refugee Resettlement (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/26/2016

The Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission continues to oppose SJR 467, a bill moving through the state Legislature that seeks to halt refugee resettlement by suing the federal government. "In essence this directs the attorney general to sue the federal government for expenses the state makes in providing services to refugees," said Jennifer Murphy, … read more >>

Caring Choices’ Request Answered with Volunteers, Donations (Briana Grzybowski, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/26/2016

For more than 20 years, Catholic Charities' Caring Choices Pregnancy and Adoption Resource Center has provided needy mothers and babies with diapers, wipes, strollers, cribs, baby clothing, and other baby and toddler gear through its Material Assistance Closet.When the program's office was still at its St. Mary Villa location on White Bridge Road in Nashville, four … read more >>

Tennessee Senate Resolution a Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Frank Daniels III, The Tennessean)

Posted 02/16/2016

It is entertaining to watch our legislators climb upon their high hobby horses and proclaim their fealty and obligation to the constitutions of Tennessee and the United States, because they only seem to proclaim that fealty when they have ulterior motives.Tuesday, the Senate Finance, Ways and Means committee advanced, 9 to 1 with 1 abstention, a resolution that would direct … read more >>

Bishop’s Annual Appeal Supports Vital Ministries (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 02/12/2016

If you want a testimony on the value of Catholic Charities' Senior Enrichment Center, just ask Gail Allen, whose late husband participated in the program for four years. "We absolutely loved it," she said. "I could stand on a soap box and tell people about it." Allen's husband Jimmy died two years ago, but she's still involved with the program as … read more >>

School Counseling Helps Students Balance Academics, Emotional Health (Ned Andrew Solomon, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/29/2016

Bullying. Anxiety. Stress. Social skills challenges. Loss of a family member through death or divorce. These are a few of the most serious challenges plaguing young kids in school these days. And before you think this is just a public school or secular private school problem, take note: our Catholic school students are dealing with the same issues. It is why … read more >>

Murfreesboro Couple has Fostered 112 Babies since 1989 (Lori Mitchell, WKRN-Channel 2 -- PHOTO: By Donn Jones Photography, Courtesy Tennessee Titans)

Posted 01/21/2016

Ralph and Sue Hillman of Murfreesboro have a special place in their hearts for babies and not just their own.With three grown children, the couple has helped care for 112 other babies through the years as foster parents."To think we've changed all of their diapers, given them all baths and fed them all," joked Sue as she stood in front of a photo wall with … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Alliance Launches Accelerator Program (Linda Bryant, Nashville

Posted 01/21/2016

The Nashville Fashion Alliance is making a fashion statement ... of sorts.Since successfully raising more than $100,000 on Kickstarter in May 2015, the entity has propelled forward with the mission of incubating and accelerating fashion design companies in the region.For example, NFA in September partnered with Catholic Charities of Tennessee and Omega Apparel Inc. … read more >>

New Sewing Training Academy Opens in Nashville (Charities USA, Catholic Charities USA)

Posted 01/20/2016

On September 2, 2015, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean cut the ribbon to open Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Sewing Training Academy, a new initiative designed to provide skilled employees for Nashville's growing apparel manufacturing industry. The Academy is the result of a unique collaboration between Catholic Charities, the Nashville Fashion Alliance, and Omega Apparel Inc., … read more >>

Refugee office holds first information session (Andy Telli, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/15/2016

The Tennessee Office of Refugees held its first information session on the refugee resettlement program and drew nearly 20 people, far more than expected, said Holly Johnson, state refugee coordinator. "I would have been thrilled to have five people here," said Johnson. "We wanted people not sure they like the refugee program and we had them; we wanted … read more >>

Nashville Fashion Alliance: Growing an Industry From Scratch (Julia Schults,

Posted 01/14/2016

Here's a fact that may surprise you: Nashville and the surrounding Southeast region have the largest concentration of independent fashion brands outside of New York and Los Angeles.And yet every time the topic comes up, people tend to say the same thing:"Nashville doesn't have a fashion industry."The Nashville Fashion Alliance plans to change that by growing … read more >>

Families Flee War and Violence to Start over in Tennessee (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

When visitors enter the home of Iraqi refugees Yassir Khattab and Mays Alsaman, they are welcomed with a spread of snacks and hot tea. As the couple shares their story of leaving war-torn Iraq and settling in the United States, it quickly becomes clear that theirs was an emotionally wrenching journey. "It was very difficult to leave Iraq," said Khattab, who … read more >>

Legislators May Address Resettlement Process in 2016 (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

As the 109th General Assembly of the Tennessee state legislature prepares to convene on Jan. 12, Jennifer Murphy, executive director of the Tennessee Catholic Public Policy Commission, will be keeping a close eye on bills of interest to the state's three bishops, including legislation that could affect refugees. "I feel certain some legislation will be … read more >>

Catholic Charities Helps Refugees Assimilate to New Life in America (Theresa Laurence, Tennessee Register)

Posted 01/01/2016

Since its founding in 1962, Catholic Charities of Tennessee has assisted refugees and asylum seekers and helped them assimilate to American culture and the local community. Today, the plight of refugees has moved to center stage as people fleeing violence and persecution in the Middle East flood into Europe. Meanwhile, the millions of refugees around the world wait and hope … read more >>

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