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'The building has increased my intellectual faith. By looking at the different artwork and sculptures which depict the teachings of the Catholic Church, it's like your own catechism every time you walk in here,' says parishioner Bryan Pabst.

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"The building has increased my intellectual faith. By looking at the different artwork and sculptures which depict the teachings of the Catholic Church, it's like your own catechism every time you walk in here," says parishioner Bryan Pabst.

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  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • Man with a mission: Father John Dowling spent 12 years building Farragut's new St. John Neumman Catholic Church.
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • 'The building has increased my intellectual faith. By looking at the different artwork and sculptures which depict the teachings of the Catholic Church, it's like your own catechism every time you walk in here,' says parishioner Bryan Pabst.
  • Building committee-member David Campbell and parish representative Bob Byrne (above) say that non-parishioners and non-Catholics contributed to the building fund.
  • Building committee-member David Campbell (above) and parish representative Bob Byrne say that non-parishioners and non-Catholics contributed to the building fund.
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • St. John Neumann Catholic Church
  • The Pabst family, (left to right) Bryan, Madeline, Emily, Ann and Andrew, is still in the process of finding their favorite seats for mass.
  • 'Part of the divine architecture is that you build something beautiful for God. It elevates people and stimulates their senses and brings them up, as opposed to tying them to the world,' says Bob Byrne.

The parish of St. John Neumman Catholic Church, in Farrugut, juxtaposes Romanesque grandeur amid shopping and subdivisions.

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