Tickets on sale for Conversation with the Cardinals at Tennessee Theatre

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, Leadership, News, Priesthood

Nearly 200 years of Catholic leadership will be on stage when the Diocese of Knoxville presents A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada will be featured speakers in an entertaining and informative four-way discussion about the Catholic Church. Bishop …

Bishop urges thoughtful solution to border crisis

Bishop Richard Stika Catholic Church, Leadership, News

By Bishop Richard F. Stika Imagine being a parent of five children and living with the very real expectation and fear that one of them, or worse yet, all of them, could be the targets of a ruthless and violent gang that you have no power to stop. The circumstances that have led to our recent crisis on the border …

USCCB officials author booklet

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A new booklet on “The Blessing of the Child in the Womb” co-authored by the vice president and associate general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is now available from Our Sunday Visitor Publishing. “The Gift of Joy,” by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, a priest of the Archdiocese of …

Pope presents blessing to Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, the world is embracing the new pontiff and his acts of humility and compassion. The pope’s popularity is extending beyond Vatican City, where he has upended traditional security protocol by walking into the crowds of faithful to shake hands, bless …

Inaugural Mass celebrates Pope Francis’ ministry

Editor Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Although attempts were made to simplify the ceremony, Pope Francis officially inaugurated his ministry as pope and bishop of Rome in a liturgy filled with biblical symbolism and signs of the universality of his mission. But before the solemn rites began March 19, Pope Francis — known for choosing public transport over chauffeur-driven limousines …

Habemus Papam!

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

VATICAN CITY (Catholic News Service) — Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, 76, the leader of a large urban archdiocese in Latin America, was elected the 266th pope and took the name Francis. He is the first pope in history to come from the Western Hemisphere and the first non-European to be elected in almost 1,300 years. The Jesuit was also …

Office of the Bishop

Most Reverend Richard F. Stika Bishop Richard F. Stika was born July 4, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo. He attended Catholic schools for his entire education including earning a B.S. from St. Louis University and a Master of Divinity from Kenrick Seminary. He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Dec. 14, 1985, by Archbishop John L. …

Office of Cardinal Rigali

Cardinal Justin Rigali was born in Los Angeles, California on April 19, 1935, the son of Henry Alphonses Rigali and Frances Irene White and the last of seven children. Family members: Sister Charlotte Rigali, CSJ (deceased), Henry Anthony Rigali (deceased), Philip Rigali (deceased), Paul J. Rigali (deceased), Clare Rigali (deceased), Rev. Norbert J. Rigali, SJ (Los Gatos, CA) He was …

Office of the Vicars General

Rev. David A. Boettner, Vicar General Father David Boettner was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese of Knoxville by Bishop Stika in 2011. He is also rector and pastor of the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. Father David was one of three original seminarians from the Diocese of Knoxville.  He received his holy orders in 1994,  and since his ordination he …

Office of the Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer

The Chancellor/COO supervises the Chancery directors and fields all calls coming into the Chancery that require canonical, pastoral and theological intervention, including matters of great sensitivity.  The Chancellor/COO mediates grievances at both the diocesan and parish level.  The Chancellor/COO serves as advisor to the bishop by identifying, analyzing, and discussing diocesan issues and providing recommendations to the Bishop regarding disposition …

Office of the Chief Financial Officer

The office of the Chief Financial Officer is responsible for the oversight of Diocesan accounting and the accounting support of Diocesan parishes and institutions.  Following is a summary of the key areas of responsibility of the Diocesan Accounting and Finance department: – Analyze and make recommendations pertaining to all major financial decisions and questions facing the diocese and its parishes …

Coat of Arms

In designing the shield—the central element in what is formally called the heraldic achievement—a bishop has an opportunity to depict symbolically various aspects of his own life and heritage and to highlight particular aspects of Catholic faith and devotion that are important to him. Every coat of arms also includes external elements that identify the rank of the bearer. The …

Bishop’s Curriculum Vitae

Personal Born in St. Louis, Mo., on July 4, 1957, the son of Frank and Helen (Musielak) Stika, both deceased Family members: Lawrence Stika, Robert Stika, Joseph Calabro Baptized on July 21, 1957, at St. Francis de Sales Church, St. Louis Education Attended Epiphany of Our Lord Grade School in St. Louis; one year of high school at St. Augustine …

Most Reverend Richard F. Stika

Bishop Richard F. Stika was born July 4, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo. He is the son of Frank and Helen (Musielak) Stika, both deceased, and the brother of the late Lawrence Stika and Robert Stika. The bishop was baptized July 21, 1957, at St. Francis de Sales Church in St. Louis. He attended church and grade school at Epiphany …