UTK students consider Catholic law society

Bishop Stika meets with group looking to form a faith-based legal organization on campus By Jim Wogan The University of Tennessee-Knoxville could be the next college campus to host a Catholic legal society for students. While the idea is still in its early stages, Bishop Richard F. Stika met recently …

‘The Wall That Heals’ Vietnam veterans memorial visits the Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Stika delivers remarks, Benediction at public event to mark the mobile tribute’s stopover            By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika spoke at and gave the Benediction for a ceremony April 21 at “The Wall That Heals,” a traveling three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall in Washington, …

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Do you believe in miracles? Deacon Ken Conklin may help you decide

By Dan McWilliams Those attending the Chrism Mass on April 12 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus beheld a miracle standing before them. Deacon Ken Conklin served as deacon of the Eucharist at the annual liturgy, an act no one more than six months ago thought …

Father Sturm installed as pastor of two parishes

Bishop Stika performs the rite at OLPH in LaFollette and again at Christ the King in Tazewell   By Dan McWilliams Father Sam Sturm recently had the feeling that it was déjà vu all over again, to quote the great Yogi Berra. Although Father Sturm has had his current assignment for …

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee holding Race for Kids 5K & Family Walk

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is looking forward to its premier annual event, the Race for Kids 5K & Family Walk. The family friendly activity will be held on Saturday, April 23, at Victor Ashe Park in northwest Knoxville. Participation in the event by Catholic Charities supporters supports the nonprofit …

State bishops meet with governor, legislators

The three get in front of lawmakers to advocate on topics important to the Church  By Katie Peterson The Tennessee Register The shepherds of the Catholic Church in Tennessee—Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, Bishop David P. Talley of Memphis, and Bishop Richard F. Stika of Knoxville—came together to meet …

Bishop Stika, Father Collins receive Catholic Scouting’s St. George Medal

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the annual diocesan Scouting Mass and breakfast Feb. 12 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, but he may have been surprised at the latter event when he was among the youth and adults receiving awards. Bishop Stika …

Wedding celebration welcomes back Sacred Heart newlyweds

Dozens of couples married at new cathedral since 2018 reunite to mark National Marriage Week USA By Gabrielle Nolan Nearly 50 married couples gathered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville for an evening to celebrate their unique marriages. The event, which took place the …

‘What are you waiting for?’

FOCUS missionaries are changing lives by bringing the Catholic faith to university students By Claire Collins My sophomore year of college at the University of Tennessee, I was getting closer and closer to leaving the Catholic Church. While my Dominican Catholic education had convinced me of Jesus’ presence in the …

Bishop Stika, priests enter Lenten season by celebrating Ash Wednesday

From staff reports Diocese of Knoxville faithful entered the holiest of Christian seasons on March 2 by receiving the sign of the cross during Ash Wednesday Masses. Diocesan priests welcomed full churches as adults and students enthusiastically took part in the liturgy to begin Lent. Ashes were plentiful as were …

State Knights of Columbus first with evangelization position

Diocese of Knoxville parishioner Jimmy Dee to lead efforts to bring men into organization   By Andy Telli/Tennessee Register In its ongoing efforts to become more Christ-centered, the Tennessee Knights of Columbus have become the first jurisdiction in the international fraternal organization of Catholic men to create the position of director …

Divine Mercy Parish celebrates Year of the Tiger

Knoxville’s Vietnamese community welcomes both the Lunar New Year and Bishop Stika                     By Bill Brewer Dragons, tigers, and Xoi, oh my! No, it wasn’t Oz; it was better. You might even say it was heavenly. The Church of Divine Mercy offered a cornucopia for the soul and senses on Jan. …