‘A Gathering of Church’ set for East Tennessee parishes

Diocese of Knoxville event on Sept. 11 will feature Catholic Channel radio host Gus Lloyd By Jim Wogan The Diocese of Knoxville is hoping to give a boost to parishes that are welcoming back parishioners in a formal way this fall after the more than year-long disruption caused by the …

Second collection, BIMO grant aids tuition for DOK schools

With the beginning of a new school year, the Diocese of Knoxville annually takes up a second collection for Catholic School Tuition Assistance to assist the 10 diocesan schools with tuition support of students. More than 3,100 Catholic school students in the diocese benefit from a holistic education that focuses …

Stewardship of St. Mary’s Hospital artifacts overseen by Sisters of Mercy

In 2011, when St. Mary’s Medical Center was sold to an investor-owned organization, St. Mary’s seller Catholic Healthcare Partners stipulated in the agreement that all religious and historical artifacts would remain the possession of the Sisters of Mercy. When the Sisters of Mercy knew St. Mary’s was closing on Dec. …

Let the light of Christ shine through all that we do

The Tennessee Register The Catholic Church’s liturgical year reaches its high point during Holy Week and Easter with our celebration of Christ’s passion and resurrection, His sacrifice and victory over death that opened the path to eternal salvation for all. It is the glory of Easter and Christ’s redemptive love …

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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… …