The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25 3 Comments

Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

Diocese of Knoxville pilgrims attend World Youth Day events in Poland

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Seven parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville are attending World Youth Day events in Krakow, Poland this week. Rebecca McDonald-Harber, Carolyn Lubthisophon, Logan Parsons, Sloane Perry, and Paley Perry traveled with group leaders Doug Perry and Beth Parsons, youth director at Our Lady of Fatima in Alcoa. The trip was organized by the Diocese of Knoxville youth ministry office.  Select …

Hostages taken, priest killed during Mass in French church

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of “absurd violence” added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman. Pope Francis was informed about the hostage situation at the church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray …

Bishop rises to new heights in cathedral event dress rehearsal

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In something akin to a test flight, Bishop Richard F. Stika rode nearly 130 feet to the top of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral in a Genie boom-lift on Thursday, a preliminary step in plans for an even bigger event in August. “Next month we plan to cap off the construction of the steel by planting an American flag, a Papal flag, …

Bishop celebrates funeral Mass for Lourdes Garza

Jim Wogan Hispanic, News 5 Comments

Lourdes Garza, a nationally respected Hispanic ministries director for the Diocese of Knoxville, was remembered as a faithful and loyal servant of Jesus during her funeral Mass celebrated on July 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. Ms. Garza recently died after a lengthy and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Bishop Richard F. Stika, of the Diocese of Knoxville, celebrated …

Bishop Statement on Shootings

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer 1 Comment

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the …

Called & Gifted Workshop

Emily Booker Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News Leave a Comment

Discern your spiritual gifts! God has called and gifted you for a mission. When you were baptized, you were given the presence of the Holy Spirit and “charisms,” gifts of the Holy Spirit that enable you to be a channel of God’s love, truth, beauty, mercy, healing, and provision for others.  The Called & Gifted Workshop from the Catherine of …