All public Masses suspended in the Diocese of Knoxville

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Effective March 20, the public celebration of Masses in the Diocese of Knoxville will cease until concerns over the spread of the coronavirus subside. Priests and deacons of the diocese were notified by Bishop Stika of his decision late March 16.  Bishop Stika has requested that all small adoration chapels in the diocese be closed but that all churches remain …

Catholic Charities takes steps in connection with COVID-19 pandemic

Jim Wogan News

As a result of the ongoing concern with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Lisa Healy, executive director of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, has announced the following steps to ensure the health and safety of the many clients who reside at or use their facilities: All buildings will be closed to outside visitors, including volunteers and interns. At the HUD properties …

Pastoral message from Bishop Stika on the coronavirus and diocesan procedures

Jim Wogan News

The Gospel of Matthew (14:26-33) teaches us that faith in Christ, even when things seem impossible or hopeless, can lead to deeper trust. It was Peter’s lack of faith that prevented him from walking on water, and it was Jesus who rescued him. Without question, due to the coronavirus, we are living through unusual circumstances. The lives and health of …

Diocese closes Catholic schools through April 13, institutes in-home learning

Jim Wogan News

Following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health department officials, and in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Diocese of Knoxville has closed all 10 of its Catholic schools through April 13, and will institute at-home learning for students. Due to staggered spring break schedules, at-home learning will begin for Chattanooga area Catholic schools on …

Nationwide Service to Report Sexual Misconduct Involving U.S. Bishops Launched

Jim Wogan News

In June 2019, at the direction of Pope Francis, metropolitan archbishops in the United States approved the implementation of a plan which will now allow for the reporting of allegations of sexual harassment, abuse, or misconduct by bishops through an independent, third-party entity.  Victims will now be able to report claims specifically against bishops through the Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting …

Special statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Mass dispensation; Masses available to view on websites

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued this special updated statement on Mass dispensation due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic: “After prayerful consideration and reflection on what is occurring in our nation and in particular in East Tennessee, all Catholics within the Diocese of Knoxville are dispensed from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the next three weekends (March …

Declaración pastoral del obispo Stika sobre el coronavirus

Jim Wogan News

El Evangelio de Mateo (14: 26-33) nos enseña que la fe en Cristo, incluso cuando las cosas parecen imposibles o sin esperanza, puede conducir a una confianza más profunda. Fue la falta de fe de Pedro lo que le impidió caminar sobre el agua, y fue Jesús quien lo rescató. Sin lugar a dudas, debido al coronavirus, estamos viviendo circunstancias …

Chattanooga CCETN dinner postponed

Emily Booker News

In light of the rapidly unfolding events and uncertainty concerning the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Catholic Charities of East Tennessee feels it is prudent to postpone tonight’s (March 12), CCETN benefit dinner in Chattanooga. We are making this decision based on the love and concern for all of our supporters who were planning to attend tonight’s event. Catholic Charities of East …

Bishop issues directive as precaution against COVID-19

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

After closely monitoring recent developments related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a directive to all pastors, priests, and deacons that they institute the following precautions at Mass celebrations in the Diocese of Knoxville. The directive includes suspending the distribution of the consecrated wine, knowing that one receives the fullness of Communion of Jesus Christ in …

Diocese to support Middle Tennessee tornado victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has requested that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville take up two special collections to benefit the victims of the Middle Tennessee tornadoes that struck on March 3. Those interested can also contribute online.  “Our parishioners have always responded generously and come to the assistance of victims of natural disasters, whether it is in …

Tennessee bishops issue letter to Gov. Lee on scheduled execution

Emily Booker News

Bishops Richard F. Stika of Knoxville, J. Mark Spalding of Nashville, and David P. Talley of Memphis have issued a letter to Tennessee governor Bill Lee urging him to stop the execution of Nick Sutton, who is scheduled to die in the electric chair on Feb. 20: Dear Governor Lee, We, the bishops of the three Catholic dioceses of Tennessee, …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on news coverage of the Michael Boyd lawsuit

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued this statement on Friday, Jan. 17: I am disappointed that a recent newspaper story chose to challenge the honesty and integrity of the Diocese of Knoxville by accentuating disputed allegations that have been portrayed as hard facts. When information was presented to us, and personnel decisions were warranted, we took firm and prudent action, which …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on lawsuit

Jim Wogan Safe Environment

As an act of pastoral outreach and without admitting wrongdoing, the Diocese of Knoxville has agreed to a request by Mr. Michael Boyd for a financial settlement of the lawsuit he filed against the diocese in July 2019. The diocese has throughout denied the validity of the claim. However, the diocese also recognizes that further pursuing this matter through the …