‘It’s all about Jesus’

We are building the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus for the glory of God -Bishop Stika

By Bill Brewer

Bishop Richard F. Stika is finding it hard to curb his excitement with less than 30 days before the eagerly awaited dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3.

The flurry of activity that is constant around the cathedral beckons him twice daily as he gives regular updates about construction progress on social media. .

And as workers complete the final phase of the three-year construction project, Bishop Stika and cathedral rector Father David Boettner are making preparations to unveil the Diocese of Knoxville’s new mother church. Read more…

  • Cathedral 101: Domus Dei is a study in Church history

    What you should know about the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

    By Emily Booker

    A cathedral is more than a massive building, although it is that. It is more than a gathering spot, although it is that as well. A cathedral is the heart of a religious community. It is the seat of the bishop, an heir to the Apostles. It is a spiritual home where families celebrate baptisms, first communions, confirmations, quinceañeras, marriages, and funerals.

    It is a sacred space, where we gather with one another and with the communion of saints to give glory to God. Read more…

    St. John Paul II will be focus of Conversation with the Cardinals

    New cathedral to host prelates who worked closely with beloved pope, who established our diocese

    By Bill Brewer

    Bishop Richard F. Stika is reconvening a team of princes of the Church for the next Conversation with the Cardinals, which will be held on Sunday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Stika said there is no better location for the program than the cathedral since the discussion will focus on Pope St. John Paul II, who created the Diocese of Knoxville in 1988. Read more…

    Working on the cathedral has been a labor of love for many

    Clancy Custom Woodworking adds local craftsmanship to the Diocese of Knoxville’s new mother church

    By Bill Brewer

    Art Clancy III envisioned the Diocese of Knoxville’s new cathedral “a million times” before his company ever installed the first wood trim or molding. That’s because the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has been on his mind for more than a decade. Read more…

    Sacred Heart Cathedral is where construction, art intersect

    Hard hats, scaffolding, tight spaces all in a days work for EverGreene Architectural artisans on a mission

    By Bill Brewer

    When the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus begins filling with worshipers next month, people attending Mass, adoration, confession, or any of a number of sacred events coming up will enjoy many “wow” moments as they observe the cathedral’s beauty. Read more…

  • St. Michael Mission celebrates groundbreaking

    The six-year-old growing community in Erwin hopes to be in its new multipurpose building by Easter Sunday

    By Emily Booker

    The newest building project in the Diocese of Knoxville demonstrates the joy and growth of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee, even in rural, mountainous parts of the region.

    St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission broke ground for its multipurpose building in Erwin on Dec. 15. Read more…

    Parishioner gives used church candles new life

    Jean Sohnly of St. Francis – Fairfield Glade re-melts the candles and forms them into decorative ornaments

    By Dan McWilliams

    Jean Sohnly hates to see a good church candle go to waste. The parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi in Fairfield Glade has for years taken used candles and re-melted them into crosses, angels, and other designs to hang on Christmas trees. She uses the purple outer wax of Advent candles to make purple crosses as a remembrance for a loved one who has died. Read more…

    Calendar sales program for schools a success

    The program, which included a raffle with 365 winners of cash prizes, raised more than $225,000 for tuition support

    By Bill Brewer

    Diocese of Knoxville school leaders are praising the results of the first calendar sales program and raffle to benefit tuition assistance funds for the diocese’s 10 schools.
    Sales for the 2018 calendars began in September and concluded just before Christmas. A raffle was held Jan. 3 as part of the calendar fundraiser, and 365 winners of cash prizes were named. Read more…

    Elevating us toward God

    Architects give form to the Diocese of Knoxville’s cathedral vision

    Story and Photography by Jim Wogan

    On March 3, Bishop Richard F. Stika will walk through the immense doors of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus to celebrate its dedication Mass after more than four years of planning, prayer, and hard work have gone into the historic project.

    It will be the first celebration inside the Diocese of Knoxville’s new mother church, a sacred building its designers say will last 200-300 years and perhaps longer. Read more…


He dwells among us: Becoming cathedrals of God

Cooperate with the Holy Spirit as he builds you into a beautiful sacred dwelling of his love

By Bishop Richard F. Stika

I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the House of the Lord.”And now our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem. — Psalm 122: 1-2

After many years of planning and 1,077 days of construction since our groundbreaking in 2015, the words of this psalm will finally be sung within our new cathedral as our procession passes through its doors on March 3 for the Mass of Dedication.

But it is not just a structure of brick and mortar that we will celebrate that day, but that of each soul. For each of us is a sacred architectural structure and a lifelong building project. As St. Paul counsels us, we are “God’s building….Each one must be careful how he builds upon it” (1 Corinthians 9:9, 10). Read more…

Living the readings: Our cathedral: the mission begins

The new Sacred Heart Cathedral joins all that came before it

By Father Joseph Brando

What is the function of the Church? One answer may be that the Church exists to make our Risen Lord present in every corner of the world and in every human soul. That job is daunting, if not impossible. Like any great challenge, that job description needs to be broken down into “doable” pieces. As the Church has come to know our Lord better throughout the ages, we can look at our risen Savior as priest, prophet, and king. Read more…

Praying for perspective: A return to a time when we knew better

When civility reigned, a minor disagreement would not have escalated into a shooting with a fatality

By George Valadie

I just don’t know anymore. The paper offered up yet one more story about one more shooting death.

Sadly, there are more than a few to read about. But this one grabbed my attention because it was so close to home. Literally, this cold-blooded murder had happened just a mile down the road in a strip-mall parking lot we’d frequented more than a few times.

Here we go again – headlines of another senseless killing caused by what I was sure was another desperate thief wanting what wasn’t his. Read more…

Marriage Enrichment: A month dedicated to love and romance

February is a time to focus on marital relationships and a time to celebrate long marriages

By Marian Christiana

February is nationally recognized as the month dedicated to love and romance. Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day, a day when people celebrate the established loving relationships in their lives or the loving relationships they are hoping to add to their lives in the New Year.

In the beginning, Valentine’s Day was associated with romantic couples but now is seen in a much larger context. Today people take the opportunity to wish “Happy Valentine’s Day” to anyone they love—be it father, mother, teachers, siblings, friends, co-workers, or anyone special to them. The idea behind this tradition is to celebrate love, be loved, and give love to all those around us. Read more…