Bishop announces new pastoral assignments

A retirement and several moves affect many parishes around the Diocese of Knoxville By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika recently announced new pastoral assignments for the Diocese of Knoxville and a priest retirement. Parishes announced the changes in May, and they took effect (unless noted otherwise below) on July …

Hal Emitt Sr., architect of Sacred Heart Church, dies

A funeral Mass was celebrated July 11 for retired Knoxville architect Harold “Hal” Emitt Sr., who died July 7. He was 94. Father John Dowling was the celebrant of the funeral Mass at Holy Ghost Church, where Mr. Emitt was a longtime member. Mr. Emitt, who worked for the Baumann …

Funeral Mass for Father Camillus Blazak held

A funeral Mass was celebrated June 15 for Father Camillus Walter Blazak, 92, of Signal Mountain, who died on June 11. The Mass was held in the St. Augustine Chapel on the Alexian Brothers campus in Signal Mountain. Interment followed in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala. Father Blazak, a retired …

Cardinal Rigali to represent U.S. Catholic Church at International Eucharistic Congress

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, will represent the Catholic Church for the United States at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary, in 2020. The appointment was made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As preparation for …

Lawsuit alleging abuse filed against diocese

From staff reports Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a letter to clergy and staff of the Diocese of Knoxville on July 19, making them aware of a lawsuit filed by attorneys for Michael Boyd, a resident of Blount County, claiming that Mr. Boyd was a victim of sexual abuse inside …

Joining the Church family

Bishop Stika celebrates Father Mark Schuster’s ordination to the priesthood, a first for new Sacred Heart Cathedral By Dan McWilliams The priestly ordination of Father Mark Schuster was certainly a family affair. Family members of the ordinand filled four pews at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus …

He dwells among us: Build them up with prayer

Our priests need our prayers and to know that we support them By Bishop Richard F. Stika “You made them a kingdom and priests for our God.” –Revelation 5:10 St. John Vianney, patron saint of priests, knew well that, “When people want to destroy religion they begin by attacking the …

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Serving where the need is

Military service is a second calling for these Diocese of Knoxville priests By Bill Brewer Photography by Stephanie Richer Father Patrick Brownell and Father John Appiah speak highly — and reverently — about Diocese of Knoxville priests who have gone before them. Father Joe Brando, Father Frank Brett, and Monsignor …

Praying for world peace

Pope, archbishop join Church leaders in recalling D-Day sacrifices of thousands By Elizabeth Bachmann/ Catholic News Service CNS reporters Carol Glatz and Jonathan Luxmore contributed to this report. In remembering the estimated 4,400 Allied troops who died storming the beaches of Normandy, France, 75 years ago on D-Day, Archbishop Timothy …