Many wonderful things are happening here in the Diocese of Knoxville, and have been happening ever since our current shepherd, Bishop Richard Stika, arrived in the Diocese of Knoxville in March of 2009. Our number of seminarians and priests being ordained continues to grow. New diaconate candidates are in formation. While other dioceses are closing or consolidating parishes, we are creating new parishes in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are building a new cathedral, and raising funds that will benefit every parish in the diocese. Our local Church is growing, vibrant, and alive.
One of the wonderful things that has happened in the last couple of years is the arrival of Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Archbishop Emeritus of Philadelphia, as part of our diocesan family. His Eminence came to Knoxville to “retire,” but he has done anything but retire. He has remained active in the Roman Curia as part of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline and the Sacraments, and he is on numerous boards and commissions of every kind. It also happens that he celebrates the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass quite frequently, and he is both a humble and a gifted homilist.
We’re proud to announce that many of Cardinal Rigali’s homilies are now available via his podcast. He has graciously agreed to make them available for our spiritual and prayerful edification. The homily in this post is for a Votive Mass of St. Joseph.