Bishop Stika leads confirmation Masses for DOK youth, adults

Cathedral services host nearly 2,000 confirmands, 20,000 people From staff reports Bishop Richard F. Stika began a month-long series of Mass celebrations on April 6 to offer the sacrament of confirmation to nearly 2,000 youth throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali have been celebrating up …

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2018 diocesan confirmations to be held in new cathedral

To mark the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3 and the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate the sacrament of confirmation for all diocesan parishes in the cathedral next spring. Bishop Stika is …

Perspective from a child of God

By Rhetta Botts From the perspective of someone who converted to Catholicism and was confirmed during the high school years, I can say that I wish I had received the graces sooner. “Confirmation isn’t magic,” Sister John Catherine Kennedy, OP, once told me. We must desire the graces, and we must …

Bishop Stika lowers confirmation age to fifth, sixth grades

By Rhetta Botts Following an extended period of study, the age of confirmation in the Diocese of Knoxville is being lowered to a middle-school grade level. Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that the confirmation age will drop from high school to fifth and sixth grades. With this change, Bishop Stika …