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Diocese of Knoxville among organizations receiving PPP loans

The East Tennessee Catholic staff The Diocese of Knoxville is among thousands of U.S. for-profit and nonprofit organizations that participated in the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) that has kept diocesan churches open and vital ministries that assist the public operating. The PPP, as it’s commonly referred to, is …

Churches reopen after 2-month virus hiatus

Parishioners across East Tennessee return to first public Masses since March; COVID rules still being observed By Bill Brewer The feast of Pentecost saw a return to normal … well, a “new normal” for the Diocese of Knoxville as Masses were open to the public for the first time in …

A Joyful Witness

How the Bishop’s Appeal transforms lives in the Diocese of Knoxville Story by Jim Wogan Photography by Stephanie Richer In early February, Bishop Richard F. Stika’s voice boomed across the Diocese of Knoxville with a message for all parishioners. “It is a joy to be with you on this feast …

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 …

Diocese of Knoxville’s 30th anniversary to be celebrated by parishes

Bishop Richard F. Stika is calling on all parishes and schools to join him in celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville’s founding, which is Sept. 8. Bishop Stika has commissioned a Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as the diocese celebrates this anniversary on …

Shelter from a Sevier firestorm

Diocese of Knoxville distributes nearly $369,000 to assist victims of the Gatlinburg fires By Bill Brewer Karla Amador now can breathe a deep sigh of relief, something she struggled to do on Nov. 28, 2016, and in the days and weeks following the now-historic date. Nearly nine months after the …

Fr. Owens named vicar general, moderator of the curia

Pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish succeeds founding vicar general Msgr. Xavier Mankel By Bill Brewer Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father …

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‘For your faithful, Lord, life is changed, not ended’

Cathechizing through Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer Photography by Bill Brewer and Dan McWilliams As the Diocese of Knoxville plans for the future and identifies areas of growth and need, Bishop Richard F. Stika and diocesan leaders are looking at Catholic population trends, parishes, schools… …

Diocese celebrates consecrated life in East Tennessee

Mass held for women and men religious By Bill Brewer Women and men religious serving in the Diocese of Knoxville, who were recognized Feb. 4 at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika, filled the front pews of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City. Among those represented …

Parishes preparing to launch V Encuentro

National program’s focus is to strengthen cultural communities, identify and develop more lay leaders             By Bill Brewer At Pope Francis’ urging, the Catholic Church is embarking on a four-year program to create a culture of encounter that calls on all Catholics to share their heritage with each other, remove …

Sisters of Mercy celebrate 150 years of faithful service

Religious order first began serving Tennessee in 1866, East Tennessee in 1896 providing education, health care By Dan McWilliams Whether it’s through educating young people, ministering in parishes, or simply praying with a hospital patient, the Sisters of Mercy have a long and deep legacy in East Tennessee. The Sisters …

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Father Sescon is diocese’s newest permanent priest

Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade formally joins the Diocese of Knoxville By Bill Brewer Father Alberto Sescon, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Fairfield Glade, is the newest permanent priest in the Diocese of Knoxville. Father Sescon, who has served as a priest …