“The Catholic Church of East Tennessee has grown tremendously over the past 28 years. We’re still small, but we’re doing big things,” Bishop Stika said. “This Mass will allow us to give thanks to God for our creation by St. John Paul II in 1988, and to celebrate the remarkable steps we’ve made since that wonderful day.”
Bishop Stika has made a point of celebrating anniversary Masses since he arrived in the Diocese of Knoxville in 2009.
“We have done this every year, but my desire, especially with our new cathedral being dedicated in 2018, is to make the Mass special, to invite all the faithful from across our diocese to celebrate where we have been, where we are now, and where we are going. Our strength as a diocese is in our unity, and I hope this Mass will convey all of that,” Bishop Stika said.
This year’s 28th anniversary Mass will be celebrated in both English and Spanish.