Parishioner Profile: ‘I want to go to this church’

Before arriving at St. Michael the Archangel, Glenmary’s parish in Erwin, Tenn., I was wondering what kind of person is served by Glenmary. I am surprised by the wide variety of both faith experiences and life experiences in the community.  For example, at a recent Mass I met Ron Burrows, a Vietnam War veteran who … Continue reading Parishioner Profile: ‘I want to go to this church’

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Parishioner Profile: Settling in after life on the road

Gary and Mary Anne Loun certainly took long paths to arrive at Glenmary’s St. Michael the Archangel parish in Erwin, Tenn.  They traveled and searched until they found a place for both their retirement homes and their spiritual home. Gary, a convert from Shreveport, La., spent 32 years in the US Navy, serving aboard aircraft … Continue reading Parishioner Profile: Settling in after life on the road

Revisiting Brother Tom on the Appalachian trail

Editor's note: This blog was written by Dale Hartnett, a story collector who travels to small town America, looking for interesting people who help make the world a better place.  For the past eight years he has explored Appalachia interviewing the "Most Positive Person in Town."   He now writes stories of the people served … Continue reading Revisiting Brother Tom on the Appalachian trail

Via Crucis in Mission Land, USA

In Hispanic culture there is a long tradition of celebrating Holy Week, Semana Santa, that involves celebrations, Masses, and processions. Latino communities in Glenmary mission areas, like every culture on the move, have brought with them faith-enriching traditions that benefit everyone. One of the treasured practices is a reenactment of the Passion and Crucifixion on … Continue reading Via Crucis in Mission Land, USA