Bishop Stika statement on Boy Scouts decision

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

The July 27 decision by the Boy Scouts of America allows religious institutions to abide by their moral teachings and beliefs when selecting leaders. The Diocese of Knoxville has a duty and a responsibility to provide leaders who promote and live Catholic values. Our diocese, which charters nine Boy Scout and Cub Scout groups, will continue to do this. The …

Diocesan parishioners help fight against hunger

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

A highly organized assembly line of parishioners from across the Diocese of Knoxville gathered at St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City on July 25 in an effort to help end hunger in Africa. Those who took part in the Helping Hands project, sponsored by Catholic Relief Services, helped churn out 10,000 meal packages which will be shipped to people in Burkina Faso, a landlocked …

Bishop Stika and Cardinal Rigali bless Handmaids new home

Deacon Scott Maentz News

The Handmaids of the Precious Blood have recently moved from the Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton to their new home in Jefferson County. The charism for this cloistered, contemplative community of nuns is to offer their lives for priests. In offering their lives, it may best be said that they “don’t just pray for priests, they live …

Bishop asks for prayers, forgiveness following Chattanooga shootings

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika delivered a powerful homily at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul honoring the victims of the July 16 shootings in Chattanooga that took the lives of five U.S. servicemen. The Mass was attended by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a number of military veterans and a U.S Marine Color Guard. Bishop Stika, who has two brothers who served in …

Bishop Stika statement on Chattanooga Shootings

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Our Catholic community is deeply saddened by this senseless act of violence.  We ask for your prayers for the victims of these shootings and their families.  We also encourage prayers for all members of the United States military and law enforcement agencies, both in Chattanooga and elsewhere—who, each day, put their lives at risk for our safety.  The Basilica of …

Building unity in church, society is key to evangelization, pope says

Jim Wogan Uncategorized

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service QUITO, Ecuador (CNS) — Catholics will never be effective evangelizers if they are squabbling among themselves, and they cannot show the world how faith in Christ responds to the human yearning for freedom and peace if they are divided, Pope Francis said. The pope’s Mass July 7 at Quito’s Bicentennial Park was billed as …

Bishop Johnston celebrates anniversary Mass at Holy Ghost

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop James Vann Johnston Jr. returned home June 30. The seven-year bishop of Springfield–Cape Girardeau, Mo., celebrated Mass at Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville to mark his 25th anniversary in the priesthood. Holy Ghost is Bishop Johnston’s home in many ways. He was baptized and confirmed there and later served as an associate pastor at the North Knoxville church. Bishop …