Priests, deacons, women religious, laity gather for annulment workshop

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, News

Priests, deacons, women religious and laity from across the Diocese of Knoxville gathered April 29 to learn specifics surrounding the Declaration of Nullity process. Father David Carter, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga and one of the diocese’s canon lawyers, delivered the keynote remarks for the workshop held at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in …

Blue Mass celebrated for area law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue units

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Father David A. Boettner, rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated a Blue Mass in recognition of Knoxville area law enforcement, fire fighters and first response emergency crews on April 24, 2016.   During the Mass, Fr. Boettner thanked the public servants for their bravery, service and sacrifice.  Father Boettner represented Bishop Richard F. Stika as …

Pope visits Lesbos, brings three refugee families back to Vatican

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service MYTILENE, Greece (CNS) — Although their speeches were punctuated with policy appeals, Pope Francis and Orthodox leaders focused their visit to the island of Lesbos on the faces, stories and drawings of refugees. Pope Francis, Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and Archbishop Ieronymos II of Athens and all Greece spent more time April …

Bishop Stika comments on Amoris Laetitia

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

  Many of us will be inclined to skim through a reading of Amoris Laetitia and may rush to a quick conclusion. Some media outlets have already done so—adding another layer of rapid interpretation to a document that was inspired by a lengthy process of discernment by Catholic bishops, and ultimately, our Holy Father. The apostolic exhortation issued by Pope Francis …

Students study new cathedral construction

Emily Booker Cathedral, Schools

Second-graders at Sacred Heart Cathedral School met with project supervisor Fred Atkins April 7 to learn more about the new cathedral construction taking place just outside their classroom windows. Mr. Atkins, who is with general contractor Merit Construction, told the students how big the new cathedral would be and what different types of materials went into making a cathedral. He …

On Feast of Annunciation, Bishop offers memorial Mass for RSM co-foundress

Jim Wogan News

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding, RSM, a co-foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., was remembered by Bishop Richard F. Stika as an example to all Catholics, when, like the Blessed Virgin Mary,  she accepted God’s call to serve the Church, even in the face of uncertainty. “She was a woman, who, like the …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …