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Harrison Smith stands with his scholarship recipient for 2015, Callie Grace Tucker. Also pictured are (from left) Sacred Heart Cathedral director of school admissions and development Joni Punch, Principal Sarah Trent, cathedral rector Father David Boettner, and associate pastor Father Joe Reed. Photo by Dan McWilliams

Harrison Smith stands with his scholarship recipient for 2015, Callie Grace Tucker. Also pictured are (from left) Sacred Heart Cathedral director of school admissions and development Joni Punch, Principal Sarah Trent, cathedral rector Father David Boettner, and associate pastor Father Joe Reed.
Photo by Dan McWilliams

Sacred Heart Cathedral School celebrated a few special honors for students at the end of morning Mass on May 22, and Minnesota Vikings safety and SHCS alum Harrison Smith was on hand to present the scholarship award named after him.

“This time of year we celebrate a lot of wonderful accomplishments,” said Sacred Heart Principal Sarah Trent.

Seventh-grader Callie Grace Tucker received the third annual Harrison Smith Scholarship. Criteria for the award are that the student must have high academic achievement, show service to school and community, demonstrate strong leadership, demonstrate outstanding character and compassion for others, and be involved in extracurricular activities.

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Bishop Richard F. Stika operates a backhoe to remove a scoop of dirt at the Sacred Heart Cathedral groundbreaking. Photo by Dan McWilliams

Bishop Richard F. Stika operates a backhoe to remove a scoop of dirt at the Sacred Heart Cathedral groundbreaking.
Photo by Dan McWilliams

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus community witnessed one of its brightest days April 19 as ground was broken on a new $25 million cathedral to replace the 59-year-old structure that has been the home church for the Diocese of Knoxville since 1988.

Groundbreaking festivities fell on Cardinal Justin Rigali’s 80th birthday, and the prince of the Church was principal celebrant of a Mass that preceded the official groundbreaking. Bishop Richard F. Stika; Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York; and Cardinal William Levada, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, were joined by Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville and numerous other bishops at the liturgy.

Cathedral rector Father David Boettner, who was the host pastor for the groundbreaking, thanked those attending the historic ceremony, including dignitaries and laity.

The Holy Spirit cooperated as the forecasted rain held off until the very end of the groundbreaking.

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