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Fr. Michael Cummins

Priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, TN

Fr. Michael Cummins is a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, TN.  Ordained in 1995, he has served in a variety of roles within his diocese.  Currently he is serving as pastor of St. Dominic Church in Kingsport, TN. 

Fr. Cummins holds a Masters of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Mundelein Seminary) in Chicago.  He has a deep interest in Christian Anthropology and the interaction between faith and culture. 

In 2004, Fr. Cummins encountered the Community of Sant'Egidio while leading a pilgrimage in Rome.  Since then, he has been a member of this recognized lay ecclessial movement and draws much strength from the Community's vision of prayer, faithful friendship with the poor and work for peace. 


Fr. Michael Cummins Latest Blog Posts

Easter Sunday is Concluded ... Now What?

by Fr. Michael Cummins . April 17, 2017 . 2 Comments

It is now the quiet time... The Triduum services are completed. The Easter Vigil (the "mother" of all vigils) has been concluded for another year — to varying degrees of liturgical success in each individual p...

“Babette's Feast” and the Mission Fields

by Fr. Michael Cummins . February 21, 2017 . 1 Comments

The Diocese of Knoxville, in which I serve, has a Catholic population of around 3% of the general population. The Catholic Church in East Tennessee is considered one of the smallest dioceses in the country and is tr...

St. John Bosco, Eli, and the Value of Spiritual Mentors

by Fr. Michael Cummins . January 31, 2017 . 0 Comments

Today the Church celebrates the Feast of St. John Bosco – a man who devoted his life to helping young people.  One of the greatest blessings of our Christian faith is the witness of men and women throughout hi...

Saint Luke, the Artist

by Fr. Michael Cummins . October 18, 2016 . 1 Comments

St. Luke is known as a fellow worker with St. Paul, an evangelist (the author of the gospel that bears his name and the Acts of the Apostles) and a physician. For iconographers, St. Luke is revered as the first (accordin...

The Possibility of Holiness

by Fr. Michael Cummins . October 13, 2016 . 5 Comments

I am not holy.  My sins, failures and weaknesses are before me every day, but I believe in the possibility of holiness and it is this belief that keeps me in the Church.  I am not naïve to the sins and fa...