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Welcome to the online home of the Diocese of Knoxville. Below you will find photos of breaking news stories from around East Tennessee. Simply click a photo to view the related article or view the archive of these stories. For all of our diocesan news, visit our online newspaper The East Tennessee Catholic.

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    St. Thomas the Apostle parishioner Ashley Siferd is shown with young Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos friends
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    Pope Francis names Cardinal Justin Rigali special envoy
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    Sts. Francis and Clare Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order is established during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on July 27
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    St. Mary Legacy Clinic groundbreaking
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    Bishop Stika celebrates Mass on Norris Lake June 21 during the annual boat Mass. Father Joe Campbell of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in LaFollette concelebrated.

Bishop’s Appeal 2014

Appeal ButtonWhen you make a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal, you make the love of God present to thousands across East Tennessee. Your support helps train priests, deacons, and parish leaders, reveals Jesus Christ to others through religious education and the sacraments, and changes countless lives through the work of Catholic Charities.


Enhance your faith and keep up with important initiatives around the diocese by viewing our videos and listening to various audio recordings on our media page.

You’ll also find links to leading Catholic websites offering high quality programming online, including CatholicTV, The Catholic Channel, EWTN and the Vatican Channel on YouTube.

Bishop Stika on “Anything is Possible”

Hallerin Hilton Hill interviews Bishop Stika on Sunday, May 18, on his “Anything is Possible” television show.

The Ordination of Four Priests

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow priests and deacons, where a standing-room-only congregation witnessed the two-hour special Mass. Read the rest of the story here and watch the entire Mass below:

State of the Diocese Presentation

The State of the Diocese presentation was delivered by our Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Deacon Sean Smith, to the priests of the diocese on March 25, 2014. In these slides you’ll find a number of statistics concerning the Diocese of Knoxville and facts about key ministries and initiatives. Click the image below to download the presentation and view the videos.


Frassati Fellowship for Young Adults

The Frassati Fellowship is a ministry for young adults (18-39) who meet regularly for prayer and social activities in their local areas. Currently Frassati groups exist in Knoxville and Chattanooga. This ministry is led by Diocesan Coordinator, Elijah Martin, PhD. Visit their Facebook page or contact Elijah directly via email.

Frassati Fellowship for Young Adults from Diocese of Knoxville on Vimeo.

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