Two days after hospital release, Bishop Stika celebrates Chrism Mass

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Two days after his release from the hospital for a serious diabetic incident, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Chrism Mass with priests from around the Diocese of Knoxville at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Tuesday, March 31. Bishop Stika gave an inspiring homily about his recent illness and urged all of us to continue being the face and hands of Jesus, …

Holy Week Masses set around the diocese

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Diocese of Knoxville’s celebration of Holy Week began Sunday, March 29, with Palm Sunday Masses across East Tennessee. The special week continues Tuesday, March 31, with the annual Chrism Mass at 7:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika and priests from throughout the diocese will celebrate the annual liturgy. Churches around …

Bishop out of hospital; will resume pastoral duties

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, has been released from the hospital following a stay to recover from a diabetic incident suffered on March 25. Bishop Stika wants to thank those, from East Tennessee and elsewhere, who offered prayers and sent best wishes during his recovery. Bishop Stika will resume his pastoral …

Catholic Charities honors six during annual Chattanooga dinner

Jim Wogan Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Betty Jolly is serious about baking cookies.  And for that, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is grateful. Ms. Jolly was one of six people honored for their work by CCETN on March 26 in Chattanooga. More than 300 supporters attended Catholic Charities 33rd Annual Dinner at the Chattanoogan Hotel. The event was billed as a “Commitment to Caring that characterizes the Catholic Charities …

Updated Bishop medical statement

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika, Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, continues to improve and is feeling much better following his hospitalization for a diabetic medical issue on March 25. While visiting and chatting with Father David Boettner and Deacon Sean Smith, Bishop Stika said thank you for all of the prayers, which he appreciates so much, …

A Reflection On the Annunciation

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

As I said in a previous post on Ash Wednesday, the lives of both my wife and myself were, from the beginning of this Lent and before, destined for change and radical reform because our new daughter would be coming into the world before the end of Lent. Riley Amelia has arrived, and even now, it is clear that our …

Bishop recalls heroism and service of Monsignor Philip Thoni

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika is recognizing Monsignor Philip F. Thoni who passed away last night in Nashville at the age of 91. “Monsignor Thoni lived a life of great faith and goodness.  He was a man of God and he bravely served our country as a military chaplain in two different war zones,” Bishop Stika said. “He served the Catholic Church …

Bishop marks 6th anniversary of ordination

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Breathtaking is the way The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika recalls his reaction to news that he was about to become the third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. “It takes you by surprise. I got the call at around 9:30 at night and I was doing Christmas cards,” the Bishop said remembering the moment he received a phone call …

Site work begins in preparation of new Sacred Heart Cathedral construction

Jim Wogan News

It’s a very necessary first step. Before construction can begin on the new Sacred Heart Cathedral, site work needs to be completed and that process started in conspicuous fashion on March 16. Merit Construction used heavy equipment to begin clearing property for the placement of a new bridge and driveway that will be used by the public during the actual …

40 Days for Life and its impact

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Lent, News

As the Diocese of Knoxville’s 40 Days for Life vigil begins enters the homestretch, vigil coordinators Paul Simoneau and Lisa Morris are thanking the individuals and groups that have participated in praying rosaries and holding pro-life signs in front of the Planned Parenthood facility at 710 N. Cherry Street in Knoxville. Scores of individuals and more than 20 groups with …

Catholic Charities celebrates an Emerald O’ccasion

Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee on March 12 marked the 30th anniversary of its Emerald O’ccasion, the organization’s annual fundraising dinner in the Knoxville area. Bishop Richard F. Stika hosted the dinner along with CCETN Executive Director Sister Mary Christine Cremin, RSM, and the Catholic Charities Action Council. The featured speaker was Father Eric Andrews, CSP, president of the Paulist …

It’s an Emerald O’ccasion for Catholic Charities

Bill Brewer Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

The 30th annual Emerald O’ccasion dinner to benefit Catholic Charities of East Tennessee will be held Thursday, March 12, at the Knoxville Marriott hotel with Father Eric Andrews, CSP, as the featured speaker. Bishop Richard F. Stika is host of the fundraising dinner and Hallerin Hilton Hill will emcee the program. Toys ‘R’ Us will be presented with the annual …