Bishop authorizes start of new inquiry for future deacons

Jim Wogan Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

After ordaining a class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville in June, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized the start of a new inquiry period for another diaconate class– which is expected to begin study in September 2017. Between now and then, the diocese is inviting interested men to begin a non-academic period of prayer, discernment and paperwork. “The purpose …

Cardinal Justin Rigali on sainthood for Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta will be elevated to Sainthood during a Mass of Canonization celebrated by Pope Francis on Sept. 4.   For a special look at this remarkable Catholic and Christian– her life, her work, and her impact on our faith, please join Cardinal Justin Rigali who will appear as a guest on our diocesan television show– A Call to Discipleship. …

Bishop Stika blesses cross, crowns new cathedral in topping off ceremony

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika marked a milestone in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville when he ascended to the front peak of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral and placed an American Flag, a papal flag, and a ceremonial Christmas tree on the structure.  The “topping off” ceremony, which marked the completion of the steel frame, was witnessed by Cardinal Justin …

Sister Mariana Koonce takes perpetual profession of vows

Emily Booker News

On August 16, Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, professed her perpetual vows with the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. She along with two other sisters made their professions at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption in Saginaw, Michigan. In attendance from the diocese were Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, and Deacon Sean Smith, Chancellor and Chief …

St. Dominic Parish celebrates 75 years

Dan McWilliams News

St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport celebrated its 75th anniversary Aug. 14 as members filled the church for a Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika. The bishop celebrated the Mass with concelebrants including St. Dominic pastor Father Michael Cummins, associate pastor Father William Oruko, AJ, Father Peter Iorio, and Father Alex Waraksa. Father Iorio’s first assignment as a priest was at …

St. Vincent de Paul Society shows mercy to East Tennesseans

Emily Booker News, Year of Mercy

When people find themselves in times of crisis, they often call on the Catholic Church. The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Good Shepherd Parish in Newport is making sure the Church can answer that call. Driven by a mission to alleviate suffering and promote human dignity, Vincentians focus on person-to-person contact, visiting with the poor and individually addressing their …

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53       People didn’t care very much for what the Prophet Jeremiah had to say. He was telling people that unless they repented, Jerusalem was going to fall and the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This was going to happen, Jeremiah said, because people refused to …

Bishop Stika initiates Cause for Sainthood for Father Ryan

Jim Wogan News

The Catholic Church of East Tennessee may have a saint in its midst. An investigation recently initiated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville is focused on the life and death of Father Patrick J. Ryan, a respected priest who served in Chattanooga more than 100 years ago. In its early stages, the case for Fr. Ryan …

KCHS Robotichauns Exhibit at Robotics Revolution

Deacon Scott Maentz News

The Knoxville Catholic High School’s Robotics Team, the “Robotichauns,” decided to exhibit for the first time at the TVA/MUSE Robotics Revolution in Knoxville this year.. The robot they showed was this past years’ competition robot built earlier this year. They had just 6 weeks to design and build their robot. Working 6 days a week, 3 hours every weekday and 8 hours on …

Food Lion donates $3,000 to stock Catholic Charities food pantry

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee received a generous donation of $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. The Crazy Quilt Friendship Center in Newcomb will use the gift to stock the shelves of their food pantry. Crazy Quilt has been a long standing program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Through …