Bishop Richard F. Stika joined deacons of the Diocese of Knoxville and their wives on Oct. 8 for a day of reflection and prayer at the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton.
Two of the deacons who currently serve our diocese were incardinated during a Mass celebrated by Bishop Stika. Deacon Gary Brinkworth, who serves at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga, had served in the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee in Florida. Deacon Bill Jacobs, who serves at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Alcoa, had served in the Diocese of Palm Beach, Fla.
Bishop Stika ordained 24 permanent deacons earlier this year, and plans are underway to form a new class. ■