Bishop Stika celebrates Mass for diocesan educators

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

Teachers and other professional staff in the Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools were praised Sept. 4 during a special Mass, where Bishop Richard F. Stika praised them for their hard work in educating and inspiring generations of children.

Bishop Stika celebrates Mass for Diocese of Knoxville educators Sept. 4 at All Saints Church. Concelebrating Mass were Father Michael Woods, Father Chris Michelson, Father Christopher Manning, Father Tony Budnick and Father Scott Russell. Deacon Tim Elliott assisted during the Mass. Photo by Emily Booker

Bishop Stika celebrates Mass for Diocese of Knoxville educators Sept. 4 at All Saints Church. Concelebrating Mass were Father Michael Woods, Father Chris Michelson, Father Christopher Manning, Father Tony Budnick and Father Scott Russell. Deacon Tim Elliott assisted during the Mass.
Photo by Emily Booker

As part of the school system’s in-service workshop at Knoxville Catholic High School, the educators gathered for Mass at All Saints Church adjacent to KCHS.

Bishop Stika reminded the faculty members of the importance of a Catholic education. Along with subjects such as math and English, Christian educators pass a love of Jesus on to their students.

“All the things we do in a Catholic school should reflect our Catholic faith,” Bishop Stika said.

He praised teachers for their hard work in educating and inspiring generations of children.

“You do a marvelous thing because for generations to come, every generation that you educate, they have an influence on the next generation,” Bishop Stika added.

During the Mass, educators pledged to continue their dedication to students by demonstrating the love of Christ in their daily lives.

Bishop Stika expressed hope that the new school year would strengthen the faith of both teachers and students.

“As you begin the school year, I pray it might be a year filled with the grace of God and the confidence of the Holy Spirit and the love of Jesus,” he said.