Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali meet with Ukraine archbishop

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church leader invites U.S. bishops to visit war-torn nation By Jim Wogan The leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church has experienced the horrible impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine in grotesquely vivid ways. In early April, Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk was called to pray before mutilated …

‘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, …

Faith in the risen Lord

Holiest week of the year arrives as Bishop Stika celebrates Chrism, Easter Masses  By Dan McWilliams Calling it a “great joy” at one Mass, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the liturgies and services of Holy Week: Palm Sunday, the Chrism Mass, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, …

On the road again

Bishop Stika resumes a full confirmation schedule as youth prepare to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika is back on the road conferring confirmations after COVID paused most of his celebrations of the sacrament last year, and no one may be any …

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 …

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Archbishop Shelton J. Fabre is installed

Archdiocese of Louisville’s fifth shepherd welcomed as new leader, successor to Archbishop Kurtz By Marnie McAllister The Record Nearly 3,000 people of the Archdiocese of Louisville, including hundreds of clergy and religious, welcomed their new shepherd, Archbishop Shelton Joseph Fabre, as he became the 10th bishop and fifth archbishop to …

Father Jim Vick installed as pastor of St. Bridget

The priest has been at the Dayton parish a little while, but Bishop Stika made his position official   By Dan McWilliams Although he had been appointed to lead the parish in October 2020, Father Jim Vick had never been installed as pastor of St. Bridget in Dayton until Bishop Richard …

Bishop finds inspiration in rubble after blaze at Catholic Charities of ET

By Dennis Sadowski Catholic News Service Flashlight in hand, Bishop Richard F. Stika was walking through the fire-damaged administrative offices of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee when he came across a small wooden crucifix hanging on a wall with a rosary draped over it. Bishop Stika was inspired to see …

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Bishop welcomes Bruderhof to East Tennessee

Christian community aquires Hiwassee College, establishes new home in Madisonville        By Dan McWilliams The Bruderhof Christian community, which has some 3,000-plus people in 27 settlements worldwide, has come to East Tennessee and is eager to work with Bishop Richard F. Stika. The community, which has purchased the former Hiwassee College …

Special needs community celebrates with day of faith and fun

Diocese of Knoxville hosts inaugural ‘Bishop’s Very Special Day on the Sacred Heart Cathedral campus By Gabrielle Nolan Members of the special needs community from around the Diocese of Knoxville enjoyed a day of fellowship, frivolity, and faith-based activities for the recent “Bishop’s Very Special Day.” The first-time event, which …

Bishop Stika dedicates St. Mary-Gatlinburg’s new parish life center

Recently completed project fulfills 5-year plan By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the new parish life center at St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg on Aug. 22, blessing a building that will give the growing parish space for CCD classes, offices, and more. The dedication followed the 11 a.m. …