Meet Our Staff

Sr. Yvette Gillen, RSM

Pastoral Associate & Director of Faith Formation



Sr. Yvette is originally from Findley, Ohio. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1961. She went on to study and received her Bachelors in Education from Edgecliff College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She continued her studies and received her Masters in Education from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She taught school in Ohio and in Tennessee for 10 years.

Sr. Yvette went on to receive her Certification as a hospital chaplain in 1977. She served as a chaplain for St. Mary’s Medical Center in Knoxville for 10 years.

In 1992, Sr. Yvette completed her Masters in Pastoral studies. She served as Pastoral Associate at St. Therese in Clinton, TN for almost 40 years. During that time she served in many roles including as the Director of Religious Education, Youth Ministry, and served on many parish ministries and councils.

She became the Pastoral Associate at Our Lady of Fatima in July of 2013. She currently serves as our Director of Faith Formation, RCIA Coordinator, Spiritual Director, Spiritual Advisor for our CCW, and other ministries and councils.

SMYGillen@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 21

Kathy Halligan

Business Manager


Kathy Halligan is the Parish Business Manager. She received her Bachelors Degree in Financial Accounting from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.

Kathy has been with Our Lady of Fatima since 2005.

She is married with two children and one grandchild.

KHalligan@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 16

Juan Hernandez

Hispanic Ministry Director


Juan is originally from Puerto Rico. He grew up on the island and moved to the States. Juan ran and owned his own carpentry shop for almost 20 years.

After moving to East Tennessee, he became involved in leading bible studies and prayer groups.

Juan began working at Our Lady of Fatima in 2006 as our Director of Hispanic Ministry. He coordinates our Hispanic Ministry, including masses, prayer groups, and bible studies.

Juan also coordinates our Jail Ministries to the Blount County Correctional Facility.

Hispanic.Min@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 18

Rob Lynch

Director of Music


Rob is the Director of Music at Our Lady of Fatima. He received his B.M. in Sacred Music at Seton Hill University and his M.M. in Organ Performance at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While in school, he served as Director of Music at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Pennsylvania and St. Philip Benizi Church in Atlanta.

Rob directs and accompanies the two Adult Choirs as well as the two growing Youth Ensembles here at Our Lady of Fatima.

Rob currently resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Lauren and their two dogs, Banjo and Benji. In his spare time, Rob enjoys composing choral music and golfing.

RLynch@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 15

Mary McGrath

Faith Formation Coordinator



Mary is originally from Burlington, Vermont. As a cradle Catholic, she grew up attending Catholic schools.

Mary is a widow who was married for 50 years. She has three grown sons and seven grandchildren.

Mary moved to Florida in 2002 and lived there for three years. She than began to come to East Tennessee as a “snow bird”.

Mary began working at Our Lady of Fatima in 2014, and currently serves as our Faith Formation Coordinator.

In her free time, Mary enjoys sewing, traveling, and gardening.

FaithFormation@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 12

Mary Morrissey

Parish Secretary


Mary is originally from Flint, Michigan. She was blessed with a great twelve year Catholic School Education

Mary received her Associates degree in Drafting and Design.

Mary has four grown sons and enjoys her eight grandchildren.

In her off time, Mary enjoys gardening, and is an Anglophile who enjoys British Television Shows and authors..

MMorrissey@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 10

Beth Parsons

Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry


Beth Parsons has served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for over a decade here at Our Lady of Fatima.

Beth has completed graduate work in Pastoral Studies at Loyola University in New Orleans.

Beth is a native of Tennessee, and is the proud mother of eight children.

BParsons@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 14

Luis Ramos

Administrative Assistant & Youth & Young Adult Ministry Assistant


Luis is a native of Veracruz, Mexico. He has lived in East Tennessee since 2000.

A product of the Youth Ministry Program, Luis began working at OLOF in 2012.

Among his duties, Luis works with the various media and communication platforms of our parish as well as does our parish event scheduling. In his role in Youth Ministry, he assists with our youth ministry program.

Luis completed the Diocese of Knoxville Catechetical Formation Program through Aquinas College to fulfill certification requirements as a Certified Catechist.

In his free time Luis enjoys learning, reading, spending time with his dog – Toby, and art.

LRamos@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 13

Shane Woods

Facilities Management



Shane is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee.

Before working at Our Lady of Fatima, Shane worked with a general contractor for more than 10 years.

Shane began working at Our Lady of Fatima in September of 2013. As part of his job, he takes care of the property. From the various installations to the landscaping of our grounds. In addition, he takes care of set-up for various holidays and helps to manage the various remodelings along the way.

In his spare time, Shane enjoys playing golf, fishing, and the occasional disc golf.

FacilitiesManagement@ourladyoffatima.org
(865) 982-3672 Ext No. 38