Bishop Richard F. Stika issues statement on recent violence against people of faith

Emily Booker News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding the recent violence against people of faith:  Sadly, our world continues to be shaken by violence that is unfathomable and made even more repulsive by the fact that its victims are people of faith. Recently, we witnessed the premeditated slaughter of more than 250 innocent people in Sri Lanka, many of whom …

Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Exodus 12:1-8 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Many people will say that Pentecost is “the Birthday of the Church,” and there is, indeed, a good argument for that moniker as it relates to that particular feast. However, I would argue that the real “birth of the Church” is something that we can be said to be celebrating and commemorating on …

Holy Week 2019

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will commemorate the most sacred week of our liturgical calendar with the following celebrations and services at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Tuesday, April 16: Chrism Mass. Click here for video of the Chrism Mass. Maundy Thursday, April 18: Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper and Washing of the Feet, 7 …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding fire at Cathedral of Notre Dame

Bill Brewer News

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville expressed shock and disappointment today at the destructive fire that broke out in the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Bishop Stika said he will reach out to the Archdiocese of Paris with prayers and offers of support from the Diocese of Knoxville as France works to rebuild the centuries-old …

Abby Johnson shares pro-life message at St. Mary Church in Athens

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Abby Johnson spoke at the Full Circle Luncheon at St. Mary Church in Athens on April 11, on creating a culture that values all human life, including children in the womb. Ms. Johnson is a pro-life author and speaker. The movie “Unplanned,” in theaters now, is based on her story as a former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate. Ms. …

Dr. Sedonna Prater appointed superintendent of Catholic schools

Jim Wogan News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Dr. Sedonna Prater as the new superintendent of Catholic schools effective April 10, 2019. “Dr. Prater is going to be an excellent leader for our Catholic schools,” Bishop Stika said. “She cares deeply about educating students the right way, and it only takes a few minutes with her to …

Bishop Stika administers sacrament of confirmation across diocese

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been administering the sacrament of confirmation to hundreds of youth at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. Last year, confirmations were held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in celebration of the new cathedral and the diocese’s 30th anniversary. This year, Bishop Stika is visiting and celebrating Mass at …