Meet our Clergy
Rev. William McKenzie
Father Bill McKenzie was born and raised in Nashville Tennessee, the fourth of six sons to Winnie and Earl McKenzie. Church and Ministry have always been an important part of the family’s life. Andy and Jim McKenzie, two of Fr. Bill’s brothers, are Deacons for the Diocese of Nashville. The rest of the brothers and their families still live in the Nashville area. Father has 11 nieces and nephews and 9 great nieces and nephews.
He attended eight years at Christ the King Grade School, and four years at Father Ryan High School, where he graduated in 1972. He entered the Seminary that same year, at St. Mary’s Seminary College in Baltimore MD. After two years at St. Mary’s he worked a year in Chattanooga, TN. The following year entered St. Meinrad Seminary College to complete his undergraduate studies. Father attended the Pontifical College Josephinum for graduate studies to complete his Master of Divinity.
Father McKenzie was ordained to the Deaconate on April 11, 1981, and assigned to Immaculate Conception Church in Clarksville TN. He was ordained to the Priesthood on February 19, 1982, for the Diocese of Nashville, and was assigned to St. Jude’s in Chattanooga. Other assignments since ordination include Immaculate Conception in Clarksville, Notre Dame in Greenville, Good Shepherd in Newport, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Chattanooga St. Therese in Clinton and St Joseph in Norris and 5 years as pastor at St. Mary’s in Oak Ridge. While working with Catholic Healthcare Partners, in Cincinnati OH, sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy Father McKenzie became an Associate of the Sisters of Mercy. Because of the involvement of the Sisters of Mercy in Fathers education and family, he found a kindred spirit and faith in the association, rooted in the tradition of Mercy and Catherine McAuley.
Bishop Rick Sticka, D.D. appointed Fr. McKenzie as Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima July 1, 2011.
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Rev. William McNeeley
Fr. Bill McNeeley is the youngest of six children of Gene and Madeline McNeeley of Norris, TN. After high school, he spent several years as a navy hospital corpsman. After that, he completed pre-med studies at U. T. Chattanooga, but when it was time for a career decision, he believed he would be a better physician of souls than of the body. During his senior year of college he married his wife, Sherri.
Fr. Bill received a Master of Divinity degree and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1985. Bill and Sherri have two grown children, Luke and Kate. Fr. Bill says that when he signs a letter or an email to his children, he likes to sign it “Father Dad”.
After fifteen years as an Anglican priest, Fr. Bill started reading and learning about the Catholic Church. A friend loaned him a copy of The Catechism of the Catholic Church. After 15 minutes, he looked over to his wife, Sherri and said, “Hey! This is what they were supposed to teach us in seminary.” He read the whole Catechism and was hooked. In October 2000, he resigned from his parish in middle Tennessee and came home to Knoxville. He was received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil in 2001, and over the next several years, he continued his studies and pursued the “Pastoral Provision” a process for ordained ministers of protestant churches to be reconciled with the Catholic Church. On March 21, 2005, his petition for ordination was presented by Cardinal Ratzinger to Blessed John Paul II on their last work session before the Holy Father died. The petition was approved, and Fr. Bill was ordained a Catholic priest on June 3, 2007.
Father Bill loves his ministry at Our Lady of Fatima. It is everything he hoped for and expected, even when he was ordained back in 1985. He states that there is nothing as wonderful as being able to say “I am a priest in the church of God, without having to explain, qualify or clarify what I mean.” As the scripture says “You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek of old.”
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Rev. Joseph Hammond, CHS
Regional Hispanic Sacramental Ministry
Father Joseph Hammond, CHS, has been the the coordinator of pastoral outreach to the Hispanic communities of St. Joseph the Worker in Madisonville, Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa, and St. Alphonsus in Crossville since 2013. He will be in residence at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut. Father Hammond has served in the Five Rivers Deanery since his arrival in the diocese in 1998 and as pastor at St. Patrick since February 2010.
Fr. Hammond recently celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Priestly Vocation in August of 2014.
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Deacon Ken has a special ministry in hospice. He works with annulments and baptism-marriage preparation. In his time off he enjoys embroidery, coin collecting, and gardening.
Deacon Ken graduated from LSU-Shreveport in 1984. He is employed at WMG Casualty insurance agency in Knoxville, TN with emphasis on Medicare coverage and business insurance. Deacon Ken was ordained a deacon on June 7, 2007. He was assigned to OLOF in August of 2011.
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Deacon Michael Nestor was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He entered the United States Marine Corp right after high school at the age of 17. He served 4 years, with a 13-month tour in Vietnam in 1968 -1969. He has been married to his wife Lynne for the past 38 years. They have 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.
Deacon Nestor grew up in the shadow of Notre Dame Seminary just two blocks away from his home.
He entered seminary in 1965. On December 2, 1989 he was ordained a permanent deacon at the Cathedral of Saint Louis in New Orleans, His 25th anniversary was in 2014; 23 of those years were at Saint Francis of Asissi Parish in Townsend, TN. During his time there he served as administrator before being assigned to Our Lady of Fatima in 2014.
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Deacon Bill Jacobs came to the Diocese of Knoxville from West Palm Beach FL.
Deacon Jacobs currently serves Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Alcoa. He and wife, Toni, are parents to three grown sons, who live in Nashville.
Deacon Bill resides in Louisville, and works as a physician for the Department of Veterans Affairs in Knoxville.
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Rev. Joseph Brando
Retired in our Parish
Fr. Joseph Brando was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Immaculate Conception Seminary and earned a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Drew University.
He was Ordained a Priest in Chattanooga in 1972. His previous assignments include service in Middle and Eastern Tennessee and Director of Family Services for the Diocese of Nashville. He also served as Chaplain in the Tennessee Army National Guard and Dean of the Smoky Mountain Deanery.
Fr. Brando served as pastor of Our Lady of Fatima from 1992-2000 during the building of our new parish building.
Father Brando is retired from the active priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville in 2014 and is a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima.