Diocesan collection for victims of California wildfires and recent hurricanes

Victims of the recent wildfires in California and others impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael need our help. The Diocese of Knoxville is requesting donations for disaster relief across our country. Funds will assist the ongoing efforts of Catholic Charities USA to provide humanitarian aid for the immediate help of those in need in the affected areas as well as the …

Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most …

Cathedral cornerstone unveiling on Saturday

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

The engraved cornerstone for the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be unveiled during a special celebration this Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the cathedral construction site. The public is invited to attend. Tours of the cathedral will be conducted following the celebration until 2 p.m. The cornerstone, which weighs more than 3,000 pounds, …

Catholic Charities celebrates Emerald O’ccasion

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

The 32nd annual Catholic Charities dinner in Knoxville, An Emerald O’ccasion, brought together members of the community to celebrate and support the work that Catholic Charities of East Tennessee does across the region. Former Tennessee head football coach Phillip Fulmer was the keynote speaker. Photos: Stephanie Richer Photography Photo Gallery 

Funeral Mass held for Monsignor George Schmidt

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville

Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr., who died Dec. 29 after a lengthy illness, was laid to rest Jan. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga following a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and concelebrated by more than 30 fellow priests. Monsignor Schmidt, who was 72, was pastor emeritus of the …

Blanca Primm named director of Hispanic Ministry

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News

Blanca Primm has been named the new director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville. She succeeds Lourdes Garza, who passed away in July after a long battle with cancer. With 10 years of experience working in the Hispanic Ministry Office, Mrs. Primm is familiar with the needs of the diocese’s Hispanic community and is eager to serve. Mrs. …

New Pregnancy Help Center opens in Johnson City

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee recently opened a new Pregnancy Help Center in Johnson City in order to better serve families in the Tri-Cities. The center celebrated its opening with an open house on Dec. 13. The Respect Life Committee from St. Mary Church in Johnson City presented the Pregnancy Help Center with a check from its baby bottle drive. …

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 …

Catholic Charities moves to new Chattanooga office

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee

After 19 years of service on McCallie Avenue, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee is excited to announce a move to its new Chattanooga office at 5720 Uptain Road, Building 6100, Suite 4200, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411, effective Oct. 5. Catholic Charities will close its McCallie Avenue office on Sept. 27 and expects to be fully operational at its new location on …

Bishop to celebrate 28th anniversary Mass for Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate a Mass marking the 28th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. “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 …

Bishop authorizes start of new inquiry for future deacons

Jim Wogan Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

After ordaining a class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville in June, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized the start of a new inquiry period for another diaconate class– which is expected to begin study in September 2017. Between now and then, the diocese is inviting interested men to begin a non-academic period of prayer, discernment and paperwork. “The purpose …

Food Lion donates $3,000 to stock Catholic Charities food pantry

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee received a generous donation of $3,000 from the Food Lion Feeds Charitable Foundation just in time to help feed local residents. The Crazy Quilt Friendship Center in Newcomb will use the gift to stock the shelves of their food pantry. Crazy Quilt has been a long standing program of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee. Through …

Bishop Statement on Shootings

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the …