Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Bishop Stika issues statement on DACA program

Emily Booker News

Bishop Stika has issued the following statement regarding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program: “Scripture challenges us to see each other through the eyes of God and to never turn our back on the vulnerable and those in need. So it is with great concern that I and my brother bishops react to the news of President Trump’s …

Diocese extends relief effort collections to include Hurricane Irma victims

Emily Booker News

In response Hurricane Irma, which has claimed lives and resulted in overwhelming destruction in the Caribbean and Florida, Bishop Richard F. Stika has extended his request that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville contribute to a fund to assist victims of that storm, and the one that hit Texas in late August. “With Hurricane Irma following on the …

Gov. Haslam appoints SHC’s Mary Mac Wilson to THDA Board of Directors

Jim Wogan News

Governor Bill Haslam has appointed Mary Mac R. Wilson, director of parish operations for Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville, to the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) Board of Directors. Ms. Wilson has a long history in lending with the Eastman Credit Union (Kingsport), Bank of Tennessee (Kingsport), and First American National Bank (Knoxville). She is currently involved in fundraising and …

Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33   The prophet Elijah begins our readings today by going to Mount Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, and one of the things that we don’t see in that passage (merely because of where the text today begins) is the reality that Elijah is fleeing to the “mountain of God” in fear of …

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to attend cathedral Dedication Mass in March

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a longtime Vatican official and the loyal secretary and dear friend to Pope St. John Paul II from 1966 until his death in 2005, has accepted an invitation to attend the Dedication Mass for the Diocese of Knoxville’s Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, 2018. …

Diocese distributes nearly $369,000 to assist wildfire victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika today announced that the Diocese of Knoxville has distributed $368,906.79 to victims of the deadly and destructive wildfires that swept through the Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee in November. “Because of the love and generosity of people across East Tennessee and beyond, the Diocese of Knoxville is able to assist families who have been struggling to …

Bishop opposes Bible verse removal at KPD

Jim Wogan News

Always an outspoken defender of religious freedom and the free expression of Christian beliefs, Bishop Richard F. Stika voiced his opposition Wednesday to the forced removal of a biblical passage that has been present inside the headquarters of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. “Yet again, we have evidence of how our religious freedom is increasingly being eroded in our …

Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most …

2017 diocesan Ministries Day is Aug. 19

Jim Wogan News

The Office of Christian Formation is sponsoring a Ministries Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at All Saints Church in Knoxville. This event is open to all who share the Catholic Faith, including parents, student youth leaders, coordinators of youth ministry, RCIA Teams, adult educators, liturgy and ministry teams, DREs, and catechists and assistants. More …

SEPI graduates recognized as missionary disciples

Emily Booker Hispanic, News

On June 25 Cardinal Rigali celebrated Mass at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport and marked the occasion of graduation of SEPI (Southeastern Pastoral Institute) School of Ministries Level II in the Five Rivers Deanery. About 50 parish leaders received graduation certificates from the Diocese of Knoxville and from SEPI for having completed 150 hours of catechetical formation. In his homily, …