Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul marks 125th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

There was much to celebrate at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul on June 28.

The basilica community gathered for Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika to mark not only the 125th anniversary of its church building (1890-2015) but also the 10th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of its rector, Father David Carter. The Mass was on the vigil of the solemnity of the parish patrons.

Monsignor George Schmidt, the parish’s retired longtime pastor, attended the Mass and the dinner following.

At the dinner, Father Carter presented the Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr. Notre Dame High School Scholarship to three young people

Also during the event, Bill Soffe, Grand Knight of Council 610 of the Knights of Columbus, presented Father Carter with a memento in honor of his priestly anniversary.

Father Carter also narrated a history of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul during the dinner. At the end of the evening, Father Carter gave a presentation on a proposed sanctuary renovation at the Chattanooga basilica.