Funeral Mass for Father Joe Campbell

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at the funeral Mass for Father Joe Campbell on Oct. 29 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Despite his giant physical stature, Father Campbell was remembered as a caring and gentle priest. During the Mass, Father Jim Harvey, a friend of Father Campbell’s, delivered a touching and insightful homily about his good friend.  Bishop Stika …

Father Joe Campbell dies after lengthy illness

Jim Wogan News

Father Joe Campbell, 67, a towering figure both physically and spiritually in the Diocese of Knoxville, died on Thursday, Oct. 20, after a lengthy illness. “Surrounded by friends, a niece and brother priests, a priest of Jesus Christ, Father Joe Campbell died at approximately 2:20 p.m. at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville,” Bishop Richard F. Stika said in a statement. …

Homily for Vespers for October 19th, 2016-“Vespers for Life” at Holy Trinity, Jefferson City

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Tonight we have come together to celebrate and to pray. We celebrate life, and we do so by celebrating and praying these Vespers together-the Liturgy of the Hours, the Church’s second most important form of prayer and public worship, eclipsed only by the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass itself. In doing so we pray for all the …

2016 Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee Dinner

Jim Wogan News

The Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee held its annual dinner at Fox Den Country Club on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016.  Bishop Richard F. Stika was presented a $50,000 check for seminarian education by its newest members. Father Ray Powell, parochial administrator at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Lafollette and Christ the King Church in Tazewell, was the featured speaker. …

Bishop Stika celebrates Red Mass for legal professionals

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the annual Red Mass on October 9 at Sacred Heart Cathedral to honor those in the legal profession, including judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials. The Red Mass is traditionally celebrated to invoke the blessing of the Holy Spirit before the beginning of a new Supreme Court year. (Photos: Steve Coy, Sacred Heart Cathedral) …

Notre Dame High School celebrates 140 years

Emily Booker News, Schools

On October 6, Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga celebrated its 140th anniversary. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Father Mike Nolan (Class of 1978) gave the homily. The celebration continued with a dinner and party for alumni and supporters of Notre Dame at Stratton Hall. In 1876, the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Community in Nashville …

Student completes 125-mile Tour de Mary

Emily Booker News, Schools

Molly Deinhart, an eighth-grade student at St. Mary School in Oak Ridge, recently completed a 125-mile bicycle ride to honor her teacher Darlene Adams, who is battling cancer. The Tour de Mary began on Oct. 5 at St. Mary Catholic School in Oak Ridge and finished on Oct. 6 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School in Chattanooga. Molly …

Bishop Stika celebrates Blue Mass for police, firefighters, emergency medical responders

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

East Tennessee law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders took part in the Diocese of Knoxville’s Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 2. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass, with Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral concelebrating. Father Arthur Torres, associate pastor at Sacred Heart, served as emcee of the Mass. Deacon Dan Alexander …

Larry Rossini ordained a deacon

Jim Wogan News

The wait was worth it for Larry Rossini.   After six years of study and discernment, Mr. Rossini was ordained a permanent deacon by Bishop Richard F. Stika during a Mass of ordination Oct. 1 at St. Albert the Great Church in Knoxville.  “Larry, as you make this public pronouncement, this public proclamation, a deacon of the Church… allow people to …