St. Patrick fulfilling parish needs through Home campaign

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

For five years, parishioners at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Morristown have been holding some of their meetings and social gatherings in the church basement.  Not unusual—unless you consider the basement has no heat or air-conditioning. It’s not all bad. The basement is underground on 3 sides and well insulated, according the Father Patrick Brownell, pastor at St. Patrick. While …

Drilling begins, Sacred Heart Cathedral to be built on rock

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

The symbolism of the day can’t be denied. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told St. Peter “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continue to carry out that command, literally. On a cool and rainy day, workers from Merit Construction positioned a heavy rig into place, and began the …

St. Therese Parish reaches out to the Handmaids

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

As the Handmaids of the Precious Blood continue to pray for the Diocese of Knoxville and for priests around the world from their new home in New Market, Tenn., parishes around the diocese are reaching out to the nuns to assist in any way they can. Father Julius Abuh, parochial administrator of St. Therese Parish in Clinton, spent Labor Day …

Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee surpasses $2.9 million in distributions

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee has surpassed $2.9 million in combined distributions for diocesan seminarians and the growth of parishes since its inception. John Deinhart, director of the Catholic Foundation, also announced for fiscal years 2014-15, the foundation distributed $131,000. This brings the total distributed by the foundation since inception to nearly $3 million. “With a growing number of new …

George Haggard receives Immaculata Award

Jim Wogan News

George M. Haggard, Jr., a longtime supporter of the Diocese of Knoxville, received the Immaculata Award from Bishop Richard F. Stika during a presentation at the Catholic Foundation dinner on Oct. 18 in Knoxville. “This award is given in recognition of George’s total dedication and unselfish service to the Catholic Church and for the generosity of his many labors in support of …

White Mass celebrates ministry of health care professionals

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

Invoking the blessing of the Holy Spririt and the wisdom of St. Luke upon those serving in the health care profession, Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a White Mass for medical professionals in the Diocese of Knoxville Oct. 17 at the Church of Divine Mercy. Bishop Stika told the congregation, numbering about a hundred, that Jesus wishes to use them, …

Pope Francis blesses Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication stone

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Pope Francis blessed a dedication stone for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 14 in St. Peter Square in Rome, a significant symbolic gesture for the future of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. The stone was presented to Pope Francis by Bishop Richard F. Stika. “The Holy Father’s willingness to do this is a great blessing for our diocese. We have been planning this for months and …

Building demo significant step in Cathedral Construction

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The demolition of the former Sanders building on Bearden Park Circle is a significant step in the construction of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral. Project managers were poised to fire-up their demolition equipment once the building was vacant and the all-clear signal was given.  That day came on Oct. 6. “This is a critical link. Now that we’ve moved forward with demo’ing the building, …

Candidates for permanent diaconate installed as acolytes

Bill Brewer News

Bishop Richard F. Stika installed 24 men in the Diocese of Knoxville as acolytes on Oct. 10, bringing them one step closer to being ordained into the permanent diaconate. Accompanied by their wives and family members, the men stood before Bishop Stika, who accepted their petition to receive the Ministry of Acolyte. Two years ago, the men began the process …

Bishop joins veterans on HonorAir trip to Washington, D.C.

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika joined 135 U.S. military veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. on Oct 7. The one-day visit was coordinated by HonorAir Knoxville, an organization dedicated to honoring East Tennessee World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War servicemen and women who made sacrifices in the defense of our country. The fog-delayed, morning departure on a US Airways/American Airlines flight from McGhee-Tyson airport was preceded by a rousing send-off …

Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrates Red Mass

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali presided at the diocese’s annual Red Mass, celebrating a special liturgy for members of the legal profession, on Oct. 4 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. Five judges and a number of attorneys attended the liturgy. Cardinal Rigali wore red vestments, the color representing the Holy Spirit, for the Mass, which is a centuries-old tradition in …