St. John Neumann Catholic School

Faith Development

Pastoral Staff

Father Joe Reed  – Father Joe was born and raised in Knoxville. He attended Sacred Heart School, then Farragut Middle and High Schools. He was a seminarian for the Diocese before joining Conception Abbey as a monk for almost twenty years. Fr. Joe earned additional degrees in theology from St. John’s Seminary [Minnesota] and St. Vincent Seminary [Pennsylvania]. Over the years, Fr. Joe has taught and served as an academic advisor, spiritual director and director of liturgy at Conception Seminary College, worked in the business and vocations offices at Conception Abbey, and as a master of ceremonies while living and studying in Rome. Since his return to Knoxville, Fr. Joe has served as parochial vicar and school chaplain at Sacred Heart Cathedral . In addition to being the pastor of St. John Neumann Catholic Church and School, he continues to serve as the Diocesan Vocation Director, Co-Director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy, and Master of Ceremonies. Fr. Joe has a strong passion for Catholic education and for the Church’s evangelizing mission. He also serves as a Missionary of Mercy.

Father Michael Maples – Fr. Maples was appointed an associate pastor at St. John Neumann Church in May of 2014. A native of Maryville, Fr. Maples was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Knoxville in 2005. He previously served as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville and at St. Therese of Lisieux Church in Cleveland. Fr. Maples attended St. Meinrad School of Theology, as well as the University of Tennessee.
He works closely with Msgr. Garrity in providing for the spiritual and sacremental needs of all parishioners.

Father Christopher Manning – Fr. Manning was ordained on June 1, 2013. He has a Bachelor of Arts in History with a teaching license from Maryville College and a Masters of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee. He studied six years at Mundelein Seminary, earning a BA in Sacred Theology and a Masters of Divinity. He is currently half-way though the STL program, which is a licentiate in Sacred Theology and is a degree recognized by Rome. Fr. Manning serves as part-time associate pastor at SJN and as the Spiritual Director of Knoxville Catholic High School.

Sister Restituta Nyinoweitu (Sr. Resty) – Sr. Resty is a member of the Evangelizing Sisters of Mary Community here at SJN Parish for Pastoral Ministry. She has a BA in Missionary Catechesis from Urbanian University in Rome, a BA in Psychology from Alvernia University in Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University, also in Pennsylvania. She recently completed a Residence program in CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) in Akron, Ohio. She serves as Pastoral Associate; doing individual and family counseling, working with engaged couples for marriage preparation, and facilitating seminars for marriage enrichment.

Sister Elizabeth W. Wanyoike – Sr. Elizabeth holds a Masters degree in Religious Sciences from Gregorian University in Rome and a PhD in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. She has had a broad experience in giving seminars and retreats to various adult groups. She is the Coordinator of Adult Faith Formation at St. John Neumann Church.

Religion Instruction at SJNCS

Each school day begins with a morning prayer and the Pledge of Allegiance because we are still One Nation, Under God. Religion is taught daily within the classroom in preschool through 4th grade. Middle school students attend separate religion classes taught by Sister Angela Nikwobazeirwe or Sister Maureen Ouma. All preschool students attend Mass once per week. All Kindergarten through 8th grade students attend Mass twice per week. Students in second grade are prepared for first reconciliation and first communion. For a detailed description of Religious Instruction visit the Diocese of Knoxville Catholic Schools’ website at www.