Reverend Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel, STL, pastor
The Rev. Monsignor Mankel was born Nov. 8, 1935, in Knoxville. He was ordained a priest May 27, 1961, at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville by Bishop William Adrian. He served as an associate at St. John in Memphis, Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa, Holy Ghost in Knoxville, and Immaculate Conception in Knoxville. He was administrator at John XXIII and has served as pastor of Sacred Heart in Lawrenceburg, St. John Neumann in Farragut, and Sacred Heart Cathedral.
He served as principal of Knoxville Catholic High School from 1967 to 1979 and has been vicar general of the Diocese of Knoxville from its founding, under bishops Anthony J. O’Connell, Joseph E. Kurtz, and Richard F. Stika.
He also served as diocesan chancellor until the appointment of Father Vann Johnston (now bishop of Springfield–Cape Girardeau, Mo.) to that post in 1996. Monsignor Mankel was superintendent of schools from 1989 to 1992.
Bishop O’Connell named him pastor of Holy Ghost effective Aug. 4, 1997. On Oct. 26, 2006, then–Bishop Joseph Kurtz (now archbishop of Louisville) announced that Our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI had blessed the Diocese of Knoxville by honoring Father Mankel with papal honors. Prelates of Honor to His Holiness are entitled to use the honorary ecclesiastical title “Reverend Monsignor.” Monsignor is a title of distinction given by the pope to certain priests in the Roman Catholic Church as part of a papal honor recognizing the priest’s service to the Church.
Prelates of Honor to His Holiness have historically been associated with the chamberlain of the papal court, and today the honor may be conferred to priests outside of the papal court. Priests who receive papal honors and are thus named monsignors are considered members of the papal household and thus are listed in the Annuario Pontificio (the papal yearbook).
Father John Orr, associate pastor
Father Orr, a native or Coral Gables, Fla, was ordained a priest on June 16, 2001, at Sacred Heart Cathedral. He received the M.A. and M.Div. degrees from Kenrick School of Theology in Saint Louis and is doing doctoral work in philosophy at the Maryvale Institute of Birmingham, England.
Before his appointment as associate pastor of Holy Ghost in August 2009, he served at Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, All Saints in Knoxville, Knoxville Catholic High School, St. John Neumann in Farragut, St. Alphonsus in Crossville, St. Therese in Clinton, and Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Spanish) in LaFollette.