Bishop Stika released from hospital

Emily Booker News

After spending one night in the hospital following a heart catheterization procedure, Bishop Richard F. Stika was released from Parkwest Medical Center this morning and returned to the Chancery for a brief visit. “I feel good, and I am grateful for the prayers I received and the great care that was provided to me while I underwent this procedure,” Bishop …

Bishops speak out against execution

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who is currently serving as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Memphis, today issued this joint statement on the scheduled execution of David Earl Miller by the state of Tennessee: For …

Bishop Richard F. Stika resting after heart procedure

Emily Booker News

The Diocese of Knoxville has received very encouraging news from Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. Bishop Richard F. Stika underwent a heart catheterization procedure shortly after 10:30 a.m., and his doctor is pleased with how everything went. One vessel was significantly blocked (99 percent), and therefore the doctor performed an angioplasty and inserted one stent.  Bishop Stika appears to be doing …

Bishop Richard F. Stika to undergo heart procedure

Emily Booker News

Bishop asks for prayers, expects quick recovery Bishop Richard F. Stika says a cardiac procedure he faces in December won’t keep him down long. In fact, the shepherd of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee fully expects to be celebrating Masses again before Christmas. A stress test conducted during a recent scheduled checkup revealed the need for further medical attention. …

Diocese of Knoxville statement on Nashville abuse report

Jim Wogan News

The Diocese of Nashville on Friday released a report naming 13 former priests who served in that diocese who have been accused of sexually abusing a minor.  We are grateful that the Diocese of Nashville has decided to release this report. We were given an opportunity to review it for the first time this week and we regret the actions …

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 …

Bishop comments on former St. Mary’s Hospital closing

Jim Wogan Health, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika reflected on the announcement that the former St. Mary’s Hospital will close its doors as a health-care facility in late December. The decision was announced on Oct. 26 by the hospital’s current owners. “I think about the generations of East Tennesseans who were born at St. Mary’s Hospital and the many others who were returned to …

Mass on the Radio Archives

September 23: Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Father David Boettner celebrating September 16: Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time/Father David Boettner celebrating September 9: Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time/Father David Boettner celebrating with special homily from Bishop Richard F. Stika September 2: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time/Father Arthur Torres celebrating August 26: Homily at 9 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral by Bishop …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

Jim Wogan News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27: I want to express my deepest sense of sorrow for the shocking display of hatred and violence that took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The motivation to take precious and innocent life is difficult to understand. I pray for the many victims …

Morning Masses offered at cathedral

Emily Booker News

Morning Masses will be offered at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville while parish priests are on a diocesan retreat this week. Father Brent Shelton, pastor of St. Mary Church in Oak Ridge, will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6:30 a.m. His Eminence, Cardinal Justin Rigali, will celebrate Masses at 6:30 a.m. and …

Bishops issue statement on scheduled Zagorski execution

Jim Wogan News

The following statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville at 5 p.m ET on Oct. 10, 2018: Note: According to a report in the Nashville Tennessean newspaper, a federal appeals court on Wednesday night has granted a request to delay Zagorski’s execution. We, the bishops …

Bishop Stika issues pastoral letter after Pennsylvania abuse report

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a pastoral letter to priests, pastors, deacons, religious communities, and the parishioners of the Diocese of Knoxville on Thursday.  The letter addresses a report by the Pennsylvania attorney general on abuses that took place in that state and comes after two days of detailed reading of the report by the bishop. Carta pastoral de obispo …

Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville react to Billy Ray Irick execution

Jim Wogan News

Billy Ray Irick, 59, was executed at 7:48 p.m. local time on Thursday in Nashville for the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knox Co., Tenn. in 1985. Irick had been on death row for more than 30 years. Following the execution by lethal injection, the Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville issued a statement: We, as …