Bishops of Knoxville and Nashville issue statement on pending execution

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville have issued this statement regarding the scheduled execution of 59-year-old Billy Ray Irick sometime after 7 p.m. CT on Aug. 9. We, the Catholic bishops of the Dioceses of Knoxville and Nashville, charged with shepherding the people of our state from …

Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop McCarrick

Jim Wogan News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals following sexual abuse allegations: Like many of you, I have struggled in recent weeks with my personal reaction to reports that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick sexually abused individuals during his years as a priest and bishop. I also recognize the anger …

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

Jim Wogan News

VATICAN CITY (by CINDY WOODEN- CNS) — Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward its …

Tennessee’s Bishops to Gov. Haslam: Please Halt the Executions!

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has joined Tennessee’s two other Catholic bishops in urging Gov. Bill Haslam to stop the upcoming scheduled executions of at least three men in the state prison system. In a letter to Gov. Haslam, Bishop Stika, Bishop Martin D. Holley of Memphis, and Bishop J. Mark Spalding of Nashville have urged the governor “to use your …

Cardinal Rigali attends installment of new cardinals

Emily Booker Catholic Church, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali, who now resides in the Diocese of Knoxville, fulfilled one of his many faithful duties to the Catholic Church this week by attending a consistory of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican at which Pope Francis officially created 14 new cardinals for the Church. “This is the highest honor that we can receive, the greatest promotion …

East Tennessee Catholic wins best redesign, best feature writing by Catholic Press Association

Emily Booker Media, News

The East Tennessee Catholic was recently awarded first place by the Catholic Press Association in two categories: Best Redesign of a Newspaper and Magazine Feature Writing.  In the Feature Writing category, Editor Bill Brewer’s story about the Gatlinburg wildfires won first place. The story appeared in the January 2017 issue of The East Tennessee Catholic Magazine.  Regarding the new format …

Cardinal Rigali to celebrate morning Mass at cathedral June 5, 6, 7

Emily Booker News

While our priests are away at convocation this week, many parishes will have communion services in lieu of daily Mass. If you are in the Knoxville area, Cardinal Justin Rigali will be celebrating morning Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Tuesday, June 5; Wednesday, June 6; and Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 a.m. and …

Bishop Stika ordains Mark Schuster a transitional deacon

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained Mark Schuster a transitional deacon during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville on Saturday, June 2. Deacon Schuster will serve at St. John Neumann Parish in Knoxville this summer before returning to Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana for his final year of preparation …

Mass on the Radio

WKXV Radio (900 AM/100.7 FM) in Knoxville broadcasts Mass from the Diocese of     Knoxville every Sunday at noon. The tape-delayed broadcast features the 9 a.m. Mass from the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. WKXV has been on their air since 1953 and has traditionally aired Southern Gospel programming. It’s believed that this is the first …

Bishop Stika announces priest retirements and new pastoral assignments

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika is pleased to announce the following information regarding priest retirements and new pastoral assignments. These retirements and new pastoral assignments will be effective July 1, 2018: Msgr. Patrick Garrity is retiring from full-time priestly ministry.  Msgr. Garrity will remain as Vicar for Priests, Chairman of the Clergy Materials Concern Committee and member of the Priest Benefit …

Tennessee Chaplains Support the 278th at the National Training Center

Emily Booker News

By: Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, 118th Mobile Public Affairs FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Lt. Col. Gary Anderson, the Battalion Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard’s 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, believes that the Chaplain Corps is much more important to the military than most people realize. Anderson, a Lawrenceburg, Tenn. native, is now on his twenty-seventh year of Army service …

Bishop Stika, Father Boettner dedicate Blessed Virgin Mary altar

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a vicar general for the diocese, dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary altar in the new cathedral on April 9, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Also, the new painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe was hung on the south wall of …

Declaración del Obispo Stika sobre detenciones de inmigrantes; se extiende gracias a aquellos que han apoyado a las familias

Jim Wogan News

El Obispo Richard F. Stika, quien el viernes comenzó una serie de celebraciones Eucarísticas, durante todo el mes para ofrecer el Sacramento de la Confirmación a más de 1,700 jóvenes en la Diócesis de Knoxville, emitió la siguiente declaración sobre los esfuerzos diocesanos para ayudar a las familias después del ataque del gobierno el día jueves 5 de este mes …