Diocese of Knoxville welcomes newest deacon

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Priesthood, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed its newest transitional deacon May 30 when seminarian Adam Royal was elevated to holy orders by Bishop Richard F. Stika at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga. Fellow deacons, priests, family, friends and members of St. Stephen joined Deacon Royal for the Rite of Ordination. In his homily, Bishop Stika reminded Deacon Royal that people from …

Bridging the gap

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, donned hard hats May 29 to perform a symbolic gesture on the construction site of the new cathedral. The bishop and Father Boettner signed their names in the just-poured concrete of the footers for the new north bridge on the Sacred Heart campus. The concrete span connecting …

‘Remembering those who have gone before us’

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

As parishioners throughout the Diocese of Knoxville marked Memorial Day by remembering loved ones who have died, including those who were killed in service to the country, a Memorial Day Mass was celebrated at Calvary Cemetery on May 25 in Knoxville to honor all those who have gone before us. Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Church, served …

Sacred Heart Cathedral School honors three students

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Sacred Heart Cathedral School celebrated a few special honors for students at the end of morning Mass on May 22, and Minnesota Vikings safety and SHCS alum Harrison Smith was on hand to present the scholarship award named after him. “This time of year we celebrate a lot of wonderful accomplishments,” said Sacred Heart Principal Sarah Trent. Seventh-grader Callie Grace …

Bishop announces new priest assignments

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced the following priest assignments, effective July 1, 2015: Fr. Brent Shelton – Pastor, St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge Fr. Mike Creson – Pastor, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in LaFollette and Christ the King Church in Tazewell Fr. Joe Campbell – Pastor, St. Henry Church in Rogersville and St. James the Apostle …

Cathedral daily Mass moving to Chancery

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices, Parishes

Summer will be a time for special adjustments for those who attend Masses and other events at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Construction of the new cathedral at 711 S. Northshore Drive will impact parking, summer camps, special events and daily Masses. Starting June 1, 2015, daily Mass for the cathedral will be held at the Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel …

Fr. Reed receives incardination as diocesan priest

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Father Joe Reed, who has served as associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was officially received into the Diocese of Knoxville as a diocesan priest on May 10. Bishop Richard F. Stika read the decree of incardination during Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fr. Reed is a Knoxville native. While in seminary he entered Conception …

Hispanic Ministry Statistics 2014

Jim Wogan Hispanic, News

These attachments are provided for your use/information. These are charts of statistics for Hispanics in our diocese. One chart lists the parish Mass attendance and Sacrament participation for parishes for the calendar year of 2014. The other charts are 5-year comparisons of Mass attendance and Sacrament participation. MASS ATTENDANCE 2010-2014 2014 final statsA 0836_001    

KCHS holds academic signing day

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News, Schools

Athletes receive plenty of attention on signing days throughout the school year, but on May 5 Knoxville Catholic High School turned the spotlight on more than a dozen academic standouts by giving them their own signing day. Thirteen KCHS students who received full-ride scholarships were recognized in a ceremony in the school gym led by Principal Dickie Sompayrac and Jane …

Students complete Catholic Bible school, earn certificates

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika presented certificates May 2 to more than 75 Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who successfully completed a four-year Catholic Bible study program sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Ministry office. Some 90 Catholics took part in the intensive study program, which began in 2011. The students were required to attend a full day of study one Saturday each …