Bishop Stika celebrates 35th anniversary of priestly ordination

‘The priesthood of Jesus Christ: it’s not only carrying the cross, it’s carrying the Eucharist. And that is a beautiful thing’ By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika marked the 35th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood on Dec. 14, a date that is forever ingrained in his memory, …

Bishop Stika’s decision on Communion upheld by Pope Francis

Holy See supports restriction, now lifted, for receiving Eucharist on the tongue due to COVID-19 By Jim Wogan The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has supported Bishop Richard F. Stika’s decision last year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, to suspend the distribution of …

St. Mary Parish breaks ground on parish life center

Gatlinburg church will have more room for CCD classes, other youth and adult programs By Dan McWilliams St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg is bursting at the seams, and the 85-year-old community just recently broke ground on a new parish life center that will help provide space for a growing number …

A diocesan first

Bishop Richard F. Stika reported that Cardinal Justin Rigali made Diocese of Knoxville history on Nov. 28 by participating in the Ordinary Consistory for new cardinals from Knoxville. Cardinal Rigali, who is in residence in Knoxville, took part in the Consistory via Zoom, the Internet-based meeting link that has become …

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 …

Bishop Stika joins call for prayers and support to help Beirut after explosion

Bishop Richard F. Stika joins with all bishops of the United States in a stand of solidarity with the people of Lebanon following the devastating explosion in Beirut Aug. 4 that killed more than 150 people and injured thousands more. The tragedy is even more personal for Bishop Stika, who …

Matthew Donahue ordained to the transitional diaconate

Bishop Stika elevates the seminarian to holy orders, calling him a ‘gift from God’ for the diocese                  By Dan McWilliams As Bishop Richard F. Stika said in his homily, the name Matthew means “gift from God,” and he added that’s what the Diocese of Knoxville is receiving in newly …

U.S., Canada bishops reconsecrate nations to Blessed Mother

Bishop Stika joins in praying to Virgin Mary for healing and salvation during the coronavirus pandemic By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika on May 1 joined fellow bishops from around the United States and Canada who reconsecrated their nations to the Blessed Virgin Mary as the world fights the …

‘Our Good Friday’

Bishop Stika reassures diocese, takes historic safety action due to coronavirus outbreak; Mass suspended By Bill Brewer Shuttered stores and schools. Locked restaurants and bars. Dissipated traffic. Silent theaters. Barren grocery shelves. Empty churches. The novel coronavirus, a mysterious, communicable illness that first appeared on the other side of the …

Debt of gratitude

Norris parishioners welcome Bishop Stika, who celebrates Mass at newly unencumbered St. Joseph By Bill Brewer Debt. Many parishes have it, yet can’t wait to be rid of it. Others without it are grateful on one hand, but on the other wonder what funds from a 30-year note could build. …

Bond of Brothers

Meetings between Pope Francis, Bishop Stika during ad limina visit yield a friendly exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and humor By Jim Wogan Bishop Richard F. Stika went to the Vatican in early December bearing good news about the Diocese of Knoxville, and despite a schedule that can best be …