Bishop Stika celebrates Blue Mass for police, firefighters, emergency medical responders

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

East Tennessee law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders took part in the Diocese of Knoxville’s Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 2. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass, with Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral concelebrating. Father Arthur Torres, associate pastor at Sacred Heart, served as emcee of the Mass. Deacon Dan Alexander …

Cathedral construction reaches halfway point

Bill Brewer Cathedral, News

“Jesus, I trust in you.” Those words were never more appropriate than when Bishop Richard F. Stika strapped on a safety harness, climbed into a mechanical boom lift, and was hoisted 14 stories above ground to inscribe “Iesu Confido in Te” on a steel beam forming the dome of the new Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In placing …

Bishop Stika blesses cross, crowns new cathedral in topping off ceremony

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika marked a milestone in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville when he ascended to the front peak of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral and placed an American Flag, a papal flag, and a ceremonial Christmas tree on the structure.  The “topping off” ceremony, which marked the completion of the steel frame, was witnessed by Cardinal Justin …

Bishop rises to new heights in cathedral event dress rehearsal

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

In something akin to a test flight, Bishop Richard F. Stika rode nearly 130 feet to the top of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral in a Genie boom-lift on Thursday, a preliminary step in plans for an even bigger event in August. “Next month we plan to cap off the construction of the steel by planting an American flag, a Papal flag, …

Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Construction Page

Thanks to the generosity of people across East Tennessee and elsewhere, construction on the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, the first cathedral built in the Diocese of Knoxville started on April 19, 2015 when Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Father David Boettner, and Catholic leaders like Cardinal Timothy Dolan, were joined by state and local …

Students study new cathedral construction

Emily Booker Cathedral, Schools

Second-graders at Sacred Heart Cathedral School met with project supervisor Fred Atkins April 7 to learn more about the new cathedral construction taking place just outside their classroom windows. Mr. Atkins, who is with general contractor Merit Construction, told the students how big the new cathedral would be and what different types of materials went into making a cathedral. He …

Holy Door opens at Sacred Heart Cathedral; Diocese begins Year of Mercy celebration

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News, Uncategorized, Year of Mercy

Bishop Richard F. Stika proclaimed the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Knoxville during the Rite of Introduction at the Our Lady of the Mountains chapel at the Chancery on Dec. 8. “Dear beloved brothers and sisters, with eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful face, the Holy Father, on this Solemnity of the Immaculate …

Drilling begins, Sacred Heart Cathedral to be built on rock

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

The symbolism of the day can’t be denied. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told St. Peter “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continue to carry out that command, literally. On a cool and rainy day, workers from Merit Construction positioned a heavy rig into place, and began the …

Pope Francis blesses Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication stone

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Pope Francis blessed a dedication stone for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 14 in St. Peter Square in Rome, a significant symbolic gesture for the future of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. The stone was presented to Pope Francis by Bishop Richard F. Stika. “The Holy Father’s willingness to do this is a great blessing for our diocese. We have been planning this for months and …

Building demo significant step in Cathedral Construction

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The demolition of the former Sanders building on Bearden Park Circle is a significant step in the construction of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral. Project managers were poised to fire-up their demolition equipment once the building was vacant and the all-clear signal was given.  That day came on Oct. 6. “This is a critical link. Now that we’ve moved forward with demo’ing the building, …

Sacred Heart School unveils renovations

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Schools

When Sacred Heart Cathedral School students begin classes Sept. 8, they’ll find that plenty of renovations have taken place over the summer at their 59-year-old building. The school improvements, conducted while construction on a new cathedral was taking place next door, made it an exciting time for Daniel Breen as he starts his first year as SHCS principal. “There are …

Bridging the gap

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral, donned hard hats May 29 to perform a symbolic gesture on the construction site of the new cathedral. The bishop and Father Boettner signed their names in the just-poured concrete of the footers for the new north bridge on the Sacred Heart campus. The concrete span connecting …

Cathedral daily Mass moving to Chancery

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices, Parishes

Summer will be a time for special adjustments for those who attend Masses and other events at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Construction of the new cathedral at 711 S. Northshore Drive will impact parking, summer camps, special events and daily Masses. Starting June 1, 2015, daily Mass for the cathedral will be held at the Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel …