St. Faustina Association welcomes Bishop Stika

Chattanooga’s Vietnamese faith community growing, with goal of becoming a parish By Jim Wogan and Janice Fritz-Ryken Established just four months ago, the St. Faustina Public Association of the Faithful, founded by Bishop Richard F. Stika for the Vietnamese Catholic community in the Chattanooga area, appears to be flourishing. Bishop …

Bishop Stika represents diocese on papal ad limina visit

Pope Francis receives bishops of Southeast provinces for decennial meeting in Vatican By Jim Wogan The last time Bishop Richard F. Stika visited the Vatican, he carried a 20-pound slab of polished Tennessee marble with him. Even the bishop admits it was a bit cumbersome. The stone, which was blessed …

St. Henry Parish celebrates two milestones

The Rogersville community marks its 55th anniversary and burns a mortgage at the same Mass By Dan McWilliams St. Henry Parish found itself with two things to celebrate July 28. The Rogersville Catholic community marked its 55th anniversary during the Sunday morning Mass, and it concluded the liturgy with a …

Holy Spirit is remembering the past to build on its future

Bishop Stika joins Msgr. Humbrecht, Fr. Creson, Fr. Glennon to celebrate parish’s 20th anniversary By Bill Brewer Holy Spirit is thriving … because of the Holy Spirit. As the parish in Soddy-Daisy marked its 20th anniversary this year, Bishop Richard F. Stika joined Holy Spirit pastor Monsignor Al Humbrecht, founding …

 Seftons receive papal knighthood

Bishop Stika nominates St. John Neumann couple for induction into the Order of St. Gregory the Great; Pope Francis approves the recommendation By Dan McWilliams Alan and Sally Sefton said they felt stunned as they became the first people in the Diocese of Knoxville to be inducted into the Order …

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The Immigration Issue from a Bishop’s Perspective

Bishop Stika shares his thoughts with the Catholic Legal Immigration Network The Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) has asked Bishop Richard F. Stika to share his and the Diocese of Knoxville’s experiences when federal agents raided a Grainger County meatpacking plant and detained scores of Hispanic workers in 2018. In …

Bishop Stika becomes Diocese of Knoxville’s longest-serving bishop

By Jim Wogan It turns out that July 2019 was a memorable month for Bishop Richard F. Stika. Three days before he celebrated his 62nd birthday on July 4, Bishop Stika reached another significant milestone. On July 1, he became the longest-serving bishop in the history of the Diocese of …

Adults journey from East Tennessee and beyond to confirmation

More than 50 of varying ages throughout the Diocese of Knoxville are sealed with the Holy Spirit                    By Bill Brewer When 53 women and men joined Bishop Richard F. Stika at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Pentecost Sunday for the annual confirmation Mass, Francisca Adeniran …

That look and smell

Neophytes are sent forth with a fresh perspective to share their newfound faith with the masses By Bill Brewer “Do you all smell?” And with that risky query that begs a certain amount of self-awareness among those being questioned, Bishop Richard F. Stika sent the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest members …

‘It’s about church’

Chrism Mass brings together East Tennessee faithful By Dan McWilliams The 2019 Chrism Mass, No. 11 for Bishop Richard F. Stika, was a celebration of priestly fidelity, of the blessing of the oils used throughout the Church year, and of new and ongoing vocations to the priesthood and religious life. …

A gift of the fullness of the priesthood

Bishop Richard F. Stika marks a decade of his episcopate as he becomes the diocese’s longest-serving bishop By Bill Brewer In celebrating the 10th anniversary of his ordination and installation as the third bishop of Knoxville, Bishop Richard F. Stika recalled one of the first questions he was asked by …

Bishop Stika welcomes catechumens, candidates home

More than 225 people will enter the Catholic Church in East Tennessee at Easter Vigil Masses By Bill Brewer History may have been made twice March 9-10 at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. For the first time, the Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to …