St. Thérèse of Lisieux Catholic Church - A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville
Meet Our Priest
Fr.  Michael F. Nolan

Meet Father Michael F. Nolan


The Rev. Mr. David Gruseck is our new Deacon.  Deacon Dave is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa.  In August, 2013, he will celebrate 45 years of marriage to Kathleen. They have three grown children and eleven grandchildren ranging in age from 10 to 21 years of age . It was the movement of most of their family to South Carolina and Mississippi that began their exploration of Eastern Tennessee as an option for resettlement.

 In 1999 at the age of 52 Deacon Dave was ordained to the Diaconate for service to the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Pa.  For the first six years following ordination he served at Risen Lord Parish, a merger of three urban parishes, on the North side of Pittsburgh.  Following his retirement from his 33-year career as a History teacher and coach in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, he and his wife moved to the Butler/Prospect area of Western Pennsylvania, a rural community about 45 minutes north of Pittsburgh.  Following relocation he was assigned to work on special projects for the Butler Deanery of the Diocese and to St. Christopher Parish, a community of about 300 families, for Word and Sacrament.  He served nearly eight years in that position in a broad range of ministries.

After relocating to Tennessee, Deacon Dave offered his services as a Deacon to the Diocese of Knoxville, who accepted and asked him to serve at St. Therese of Lisieux.  He has been with us since Easter,2013.


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