Bishop Stika announces priest retirements and new pastoral assignments

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Bishop Richard F. Stika is pleased to announce the following information regarding priest retirements and new pastoral assignments. These retirements and new pastoral assignments will be effective July 1, 2018:

  • Msgr. Patrick Garrity is retiring from full-time priestly ministry.  Msgr. Garrity will remain as Vicar for Priests, Chairman of the Clergy Materials Concern Committee and member of the Priest Benefit and Trust Board.  Additionally, he has been appointed as the Chaplain of the Knoxville Area Serra Club.
  • Father Mike Creson is retiring from full-time priestly ministry.  He will continue to serve as Sacramental Minister to Memorial Hospital – and will assist as needed – at St. Thérèse of Lisieux Church in Cleveland, TN and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga.
  • Father Joe Reed is appointed pastor of St. John Neumann Church in Farragut.
  • Father Michael Woods is appointed pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Fairfield Glade.
  • Father Doug Owens is appointed pastor of All Saints Church in Knoxville.
  • Father Ray Powell is appointed pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Lenoir City.
  • Father Alberto Sescon is appointed pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in LaFollette, Christ the King Church in Tazewell and St. Jude Church in Helenwood.
  • Father John Orr is appointed pastor of St. Mary Church in Athens.
  • Father Julius Abuh is appointed pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Church in Madisonville.
  • Father Richard Armstrong is appointed parochial administrator of St. Therese Church in Clinton and St. Joseph Church in Norris.
  • Father Ron Stone is appointed pastor of Holy Cross Church in Pigeon Forge (he has been serving as parochial administrator).
  • Soon to be ordained deacon (June 2, 2018), Deacon-elect Mark Schuster is assigned to provide diaconal service for the summer at St. John Neumann Church in Farragut.

Comments 5

  1. Dear Bishop Stika,
    Thank you for your hard work in reassigning the Pastors and Deacons of our Diocese.
    As a member of All Saints, it is so sad to be loosing Fr. Michael Woods,, yet a true blessing to have Fr, Doug Owen..

    I pray for the success of all our priests throughout the Diocese of Knoxville.

    May God Bless Them All, and Keep Them in His Loving Arms.

  2. Father Ray is awesome and will be missed in Lafollette…he s part of my family……look forward to meeting Fr Albert we will keep an open mind and trust the process

  3. Dear Bishop Stika,

    Fr. Julius Abuh will truly be missed at St. Therese Church in Clinton, TN and St. Joseph’s Church in Norris, TN.

    We have a question about the assignment of Fr. Richard Armstrong as Parochial Administrator. Will he be our Pastor and what is the difference between a Parochial Administrator and aPastor?

    1. Anthony and Patricia,

      A parochial administrator has all the same powers of a pastor with very few exceptions. This is an appointment that the bishop always makes when one first serves in a pastoral capacity within the diocese. Hope that clarifies!

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