Pope Francis celebrates closing Mass at World Meeting of Families

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family. Nearly 200 people from the Diocese of Knoxville– including students from Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga and Knoxville Catholic High School– …

Pope brings Gospel of ‘encounter’ to Madison Square Garden

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service NEW YORK (CNS) — Seeing New York for the first time in his 78 years of life, Pope Francis said he knew Madison Square Garden was an important gathering place for sporting events and concerts. For him, it was transformed into a chapel in the heart of the Big Apple. True peace in a …

Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Canonization for Junipero Serra

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Pope Francis, Saints

WASHINGTON D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis made history Sept. 23 by performing the first-ever canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra. St. Serra, a Franciscan missionary from Spain, founded nine Catholic missions in California, most of which would go on to become the centers of major cities in the state. The trail-blazing life of this priest, Pope Francis …

Pope Francis arrives in United States; Bishop Stika to meet with Holy Father

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

Pope Francis began his whirlwind visit to the United States with his touchdown at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, a prelude to an agenda that will bring the pope to three U.S. cities including Philadelphia, site of the World Meeting of Families. Along the way, the Holy Father will meet with U.S. bishops and cardinals, including Bishop …

Pope Francis opens visit to Cuba with Mass at Revolution Square

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service HAVANA (CNS) — As Cubans finally face the prospects of calmer relationships and greater ease of communication and commerce with the United States, Pope Francis told the Cuban people that love and service, not anyone’s ideology, are the keys to their happiness. “We do not serve ideas, we serve people,” the pope told hundreds …

Diocesan women and men religious mark National Day of Prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Women and men religious serving in the Diocese of Knoxville participated in solemn vespers with exposition and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament Sept. 13 as part of the National Day of Prayer during the Year of Consecrated Life. Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, was celebrant of the vespers service held at Immaculate Conception. …

Bishop Vann Johnston appointed to Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika is offering his prayers and best wishes to Bishop James Vann Johnston, who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph by Pope Francis today. “Bishop Johnston is a good friend and a favorite son of the Diocese of Knoxville. His service to this diocese goes back to its early days—when he …

Bishop Stika celebrates first Mass of Confirmation for adults

Bill Brewer Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

A new tradition began in the diocese Sept. 13 at Sacred Heart Cathedral as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the first Mass of Confirmation for adults. Fifty-four adults from 16 diocesan parishes were confirmed. The confirmation was for baptized adult Catholics, not for RCIA catechumens or candidates. “It’s for the adult Catholics who for whatever reason were never confirmed, and …

Knoxville Catholic wins 2015 Irish Bowl 35-17 over Notre Dame

Jim Wogan News, Schools

At first it looked like a blowout. Then it looked like a washout. After all that, the 2105 Irish Bowl had the look and feel of an outright entertaining game for those who stuck around for the finish. Knoxville Catholic made sure the bronze trophy stayed on Cedar Bluff Road with a convincing comeback win over Notre Dame of Chattanooga, 35-17 on Sept. 11. Amari …

A carnival for Christ

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

Through its second annual Royalty Carnival, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Maynardville played host to several hundred guests Sept. 5. The carnival was a big success in raising money for Blessed Teresa’s new church building. The festival took place on the site of the future church, across from Union County High School on Highway 33. “This is for the …

Diocese of Knoxville marks 27th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

“What do we do now?” In marking the Diocese of Knoxville’s 27th anniversary on Sept. 8, Bishop Richard F. Stika recalled when he welcomed Cardinal Justin Rigali to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1994. After being formally introduced as the seventh archbishop of St. Louis, then-Archbishop Rigali turned to then-Father Stika and asked those very words. Fondly remembering the …