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 …

Basilica rosary prayed in response to St. Stephen vandalism

Parishioners from the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul and St. Stephen Church gathered on Sunday, July 19, in front of the basilica’s Marian Grotto to pray the rosary in reparation for sins against holy things. The rosary was in response to recent vandalism and arson of churches and statues …

 Basilica joins list of churches adding weekly Latin Masses

Bishop supports regular extraordinary form celebrations for Chattanooga, warns against illicit Masses outside of Church Bishop Richard F. Stika, working with Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul rector Father David Carter, has authorized the addition of a traditional Latin Mass to the Basilica’s regular Sunday Mass schedule on a weekly …

Basilica moves Hispanic ministries to newer location

Exit from outdated All Saints Academy building places outreach efforts closer to Latino community By Dan McWilliams The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga is cutting ties after more than nine decades with All Saints Academy, its nearby building that has fallen into disrepair after serving the parish …

Basilica restoration is completed

Sts. Peter and Paul lifts the curtain on six-month construction project that ushers in the 1890s By Bill Brewer Four years of praying, planning, working, and paying for much-needed improvements to the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul yielded dramatic results Dec. 23 when Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father …

Chattanooga judge clears way for exhumation of Fr. Ryan remains

Chancellor rules Diocese of Knoxville has authority to relocate priest’s body as part of sainthood cause                   By Bill Brewer A Hamilton County Chancery Court has given the Diocese of Knoxville permission to exhume the remains of Father Patrick J. Ryan from Chattanooga’s Mount Olivet Cemetery, which allows the priest’s cause …

Diocese of Knoxville seeks state permission to exhume Father Ryan remains

Lawsuit would clarify state law on disinterment for the cause of sainthood By Daniel Jackson / Courthouse News Service Faced with no clear statutory procedure in Tennessee to exhume the body of a priest it hopes to canonize, the Catholic Church has asked a court in Chattanooga to cut through …

Uncovering hidden gems

Renovation of Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul yields unexpected (and valuable) links to the past By Bill Brewer When you renovate something that is 125 years old, you’re bound to have a few surprises. Restoration work inside the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul has revealed details of original …

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Funeral Mass held at basilica for Monsignor George Schmidt

Priests join Bishop Stika in celebrating longtime Chattanooga pastor By Dan McWilliams There was no better place for the funeral Mass for Monsignor George Schmidt than the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, “this place that he loved so much,” as Bishop Richard F. Stika called it. Monsignor …

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Vatican investigating cause for Father Patrick Ryan sainthood

Diocese of Knoxville initiates inquiry of renowned priest who served in Chattanooga more than 100 years ago By Jim Wogan The Catholic Church of East Tennessee may have a saint in its midst. An investigation recently initiated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville is focused on the …

‘How could it happen?’

Bishop Stika offers message of faith, forgiveness as Chattanoogans mourn deaths of servicemen By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan An outpouring of sympathy and prayer has embraced the Chattanooga community and the families of five military men who were slain last month by a gunman who opened fi re on …

Basilica still stands as a community beacon after 125 years

Sts. Peter and Paul marks historical milestone as it looks forward to a bright future By Dan McWilliams There was much to celebrate at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28. The basilica community gathered for Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika to mark not only the …