Church marries young couple to settle immigration issue

Felix Yu can remain in America instead of going back to Hong Kong after wedding at Holy Ghost By Dan McWilliams An Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rule on foreign students in the country nearly forced a Holy Ghost parishioner to return to Hong Kong, separating him from his fiancée, …

Keeping vigil

40 Days for Life campaign kicks off with visit to St. Mary-Athens by founder Shawn Carney, Knoxville vigil By Bill Brewer As the Diocese of Knoxville joins Catholic dioceses across the country in sponsoring the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil this month, 40 Days for Life founder Shawn Carney …

Distressed kayaker rescued by Paulists during lake outing

Seminarians, priests at retreat aboard floating Tiki bar are lifesavers on New York’s Lake George Catholic News Service/Catholic News Agency This is a typical story about Paulist Fathers, a floating Tiki bar, and a kayaker. It all started when Greg Barrett, a captain for Tiki Tours, offered the Paulist Fathers—two …

Deacon candidates another step closer to ordination

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville’s newest class of permanent deacons has taken a key step closer to ordination as they now can serve as lectors proclaiming the Word of God. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Rite of the Institution of Lectors for the 25 candidates for the …

Inquiry begins into Fr. Ryan sainthood cause

Basilica at center of historic moment as Bishop Stika presides in opening session By Bill Brewer The cause for the beatification and canonization of Servant of God Patrick Ryan took a historic turn Sept. 28 with the opening session of an inquiry into the East Tennessee priest’s life and the …

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Faith and football, in that order

Fr. Charlie Burton marks 40th anniversary of his ordination this year by indulging his passion — the priesthood By Dan McWilliams Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys and a Terrible Towel, lion figurines, a sheet of $2 bill star notes, and a photo of a favorite singer, Jackson Browne, are in his office. …

Religious Sisters of Mercy fill important diocesan positions

Office of Christian Formation, St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic ministries receive assistance from new Alma Sisters By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard. F. Stika has appointed three members of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., to serve key positions in the Diocese of Knoxville. Sister Mary Lisa Renfer, RSM, DO, …

Bishop Stika, Sacred Heart Cathedral featured in ‘The Chair’

Catholic media ministry, profiling U.S. cathedrals, bishops in TV series, also interviews rector Father Boettner By Emily Booker If walls could talk, what would a cathedral say? The Diocese of Knoxville recently welcomed DeSales Media Group, a Catholic media production ministry out of the Diocese of Brooklyn to find out …

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Bishop Stika ordains newest priests to the diocese

Frs. Hernandez, Griffith join the Catholic presbyterate in East Tennessee, take on new assignments By Dan McWilliams Two new priests entered the Diocese of Knoxville ranks Aug. 29 as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained Father Zachary Griffith and Father Alexander Hernandez at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of …

Bishop announces new priest assignments

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced new pastoral assignments, with their effective dates later than usual due to the impact of COVID-19 on parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville. Father Randy Stice is returning to East Tennessee as director of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville effective Sept. …

Hicks Armor named to diocesan stewardship post

Chattanooga native and Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul deacon selected by Bishop Stika for fundraising leadership role By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika only had to go as far as Chattanooga to find the Diocese of Knoxville’s new director overseeing diocesan-wide giving programs, including planned giving and development, …

St. Stephen parishioner receives honor from the Order of the Fleur de Lis

The Order of the Fleur de Lis is an organization of Catholic men incorporated under the laws of the state of Louisiana as a not-for-profit organization, and it recently honored a parishioner of St. Stephen in Chattanooga. The order’s domain is a five-state region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, …