Diocese of Knoxville deacons announce retirements

Deacon Bob Smearing, who serves at St. Albert the Great Parish in Knoxville, and Deacon Don Amelse, who serves at St. John Neumann Parish in Farragut, are retiring from the permanent diaconate. The deacons submitted letters requesting retirement in January, and Bishop Richard F. Stika granted their requests in February. …

Bishop Stika ordains two seminarians to transitional diaconate

Deacons Hernandez and Griffith a step closer to priesthood; for a year, father and son will be brothers By Dan McWilliams Paired together in their seminary studies over the years, Zachary Griffith and Alex Hernandez entered holy orders at the same time June 15 as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained …

Discernment for new diaconate class beginning

The Diocese of Knoxville is inviting men interested in learning more about becoming a deacon for the Catholic Church to begin a period of discernment that will lead to a new class being formed in September 2017. “The purpose of discernment is to separate ambition from vocation. That’s the best …

Diocese’s newest deacons answer the call

Journey to the permanent diaconate proves very rewarding By Emily Booker It has been a long time journey for the men recently ordained to the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville. Discerning the call from God, preparing for ordination, and balancing family and Church obligations take a lot of …

‘I have called you’

Bishop Stika ordains 23 men as permanent deacons on ‘historic’ day for the Diocese of Knoxville By Dan McWilliams Every once in a while, a truly special event occurs in the history of a diocese. On June 11, just such an event took place for the Diocese of Knoxville, as …

Deacon aspirants participate in Rite of Admission to Candidacy

Twenty-three men in the diocese’s next deacon class took their first major public step Oct. 12 at All Saints Church in Knoxville as they participated in the Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders. The men are two and a half years into their studies for the diaconate, and …