A chosen vessel unto me

Father Christopher Floersh ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Stika By Bill Brewer It started with a chalice decades ago. And it did so again June 3 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the ordination Mass for Father Christopher …

About Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel

By Dan McWilliams Long before he became an institution in the Diocese of Knoxville and a legend in its history, Francis Xavier Mankel was one of three children born to a mixed-faith couple who lived in the Fort Sanders community of Knoxville. He was born Nov. 8, 1935, at St. …

Well done, good and faithful servant

Funeral Mass celebrated for Monsignor Xavier Mankel, a founder of the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel was laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery in a manner that bespeaks those things closest to his heart: the Church, the priesthood, his parishes, and family. His final gesture …

On the other side

Bishop Stika ‘sends forth’ diocese’s newest members during Sending of the Neophytes Mass By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Pentecost on June 4 by recognizing the 227 catechumens and candidates baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred …

Funeral Mass held for Bishop Choby

By Andy Telli Bishop David R. Choby was a true shepherd to the people of the Diocese of Nashville, recalled his fellow bishop, friend, and former student, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, Ore. He was “the kind of shepherd I would like to be,” said the archbishop, who was …

He dwells among us: The cathedral of our heart

Holiness is a beauty that exceeds even the most beautiful cathedral in the world Bishop Richard F. Stika “You are God’s field, God’s building. …Each one must be careful how he builds upon it” (1 Corinthians 9:9, 10). As I watch the many construction workers laboring daily to give greater …

Bishop celebrates final Chrism Mass at current cathedral

Calling it ‘a very special time in our diocese,’ he welcomes more than 60 priests to the annual Holy Week liturgy By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika made an important announcement in his opening remarks at the 2017 Chrism Mass on April 11 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “This is …

Fathers, sons make Stations of the Cross come alive

St. Joseph students portray the same roles as their dads in the Passion during Holy Week re-enactments By Bill Brewer The living Stations of the Cross and Passion, which are held in several Diocese of Knoxville parishes during Holy Week, had an especially familial flavor this year. As Jorge Quiroz …

Pregnancy center dedicated in Newcomb

Cardinal Justin Rigali blesses the new Catholic Charities facility, located in the Crazy Quilt Friendship Center By Dan McWilliams Catholic Charities’ new Pregnancy Help Center in Newcomb fulfills a great need in a northern Campbell County area where expectant moms are often plagued by poverty and drug addiction. Cardinal Justin …

Ladies of Charity celebrates 75th year

Bishop Stika praises diocesan group’s work during special Mass By Bill Brewer You’ve come a long way, ladies. The Ladies of Charity, which is marking its 75th anniversary this year, celebrated the milestone May 13 with a first for the nonprofit charitable organization that is part of the Diocese of …

Fr. Randy Stice appointed to USCCB position

Three-year assignment to begin July 1 From staff reports Father Randy Stice,  director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1. The Secretariat …