Cathedral Mass marks fifth anniversary of Bishop Stika’s ordination

Bishop reflects on first five years leading Diocese of Knoxville, praises strong example set by St. Joseph On the fifth anniversary of his ordination and installation as the Diocese of Knoxville’s third shepherd, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on March 19, which also is the …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of …

Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful …

Celebrating the consecrated life

Bishop Richard F. Stika presided Feb. 9 at a Solemn Vespers held at Sacred Heart Cathedral in prayerful commemoration of the World Day for Consecrated Life. The evening prayer included exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Assisting the bishop were Father Joe Reed of Sacred Heart and cathedral Deacons …

KCHS athletes commit to colleges on National Signing Day

Five Knoxville Catholic High School student athletes committed to play at the next level in a National Signing Day ceremony Feb. 5 in the school library. Offensive lineman Patrick McFall signed with East Tennessee State University. Track athlete Camille Baker committed to Missouri University of Science and Technology. Three soccer …

Bishop Stika leads 2014 diocesan Men’s Conference

More than 160 men assemble for daylong fellowship as bishop delivers address, answers questions Bishop Richard F. Stika was the keynote speaker for some 165 participants at “A Diocesan Men’s Conference: A  Dialogue With Our Shepherd” that was held Jan. 11 at All Saints Church. The conference was presented by …

New book on Diocese of Knoxville history now available

A book chronicling the history of the Diocese of Knoxville, published on the occasion of the diocese’s 25th anniversary, is now available to East Tennessee Catholics. The illustrated History of the Diocese of Knoxville, a 160-page hardcover, tabletop book, was published by Éditions du Signe of Strasbourg, France. The book …

Bishop Stika leads 2014 diocesan Men’s Conference

Bishop Richard F. Stika spent a morning and afternoon with some 165 participants at A Diocesan Men’s Conference: A Dialogue With Our Shepherd on Jan. 11 at All Saints Church. The conference was presented by the All Saints Peter and Paul Society and by Sacred Heart Parish’s St. Joseph Society. …

Father Arthur Torres Barona ordained Dec. 14 in Colombia

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained Deacon Arthur Torres Barona a priest on Dec. 14 at St. Anne Church in the ordinand’s native Cali, Colombia. Father Torres Barona becomes the 42nd priest ordained for the Diocese of Knoxville and the seventh ordained by Bishop Stika. He is also the second priest …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville in Chattanooga and Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the …

Diocese’s newest church is dedicated

Growing Vietnamese Catholic community begins to build a parish at Church of Divine Mercy Some 20 years of prayer, planning, hard work, and trust in Christ by Knoxville’s Vietnamese Catholics culminated Nov. 17 in a Mass celebrating the community’s first church. Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the Church of Divine …

Diaconate class takes key step on faith journey

23 permanent deacon aspirants take part in Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders Newly admitted deacon candidate David M. Oatney said he and his fellow members of the Diocese of Knoxville’s next diaconate class “are really not at a midpoint” after two and a half years of study …