Bishop Richard F. Stika statement on papal decree

Jim Wogan News

Today, Pope Francis outlined concrete procedures that the worldwide, universal Catholic Church must now abide by in the response to the societal evil of sexual abuse.  The Holy Father’s motu proprio makes it clear that abuse at any level in the Church, and the failure of Church leadership to report abuse and protect victims, will not be tolerated.  I welcome …

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis’ decree regarding sexual abuse

Jim Wogan News

Today, Pope Francis outlined concrete procedures that the worldwide, universal Catholic Church must now abide by in the response to the societal evil of sexual abuse.  The Holy Father’s motu proprio makes it clear that abuse at any level in the Church, and the failure of Church leadership to report abuse and protect victims, will not be tolerated.  I welcome …

Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, visits alma mater St. Mary Oak Ridge

Jim Wogan News

Dr. Kia-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and a leading expert on global artificial intelligence, returned to East Tennessee on Monday, May 6, to visit the Catholic school in which he once learned, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge. Dr. Lee, the author of the recent New York Times bestselling book, “AI Powers: China, Silicon Valley, and the …

Bishop Richard F. Stika issues statement on recent violence against people of faith

Emily Booker News

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding the recent violence against people of faith:  Sadly, our world continues to be shaken by violence that is unfathomable and made even more repulsive by the fact that its victims are people of faith. Recently, we witnessed the premeditated slaughter of more than 250 innocent people in Sri Lanka, many of whom …

Holy Week 2019

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will commemorate the most sacred week of our liturgical calendar with the following celebrations and services at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus: Tuesday, April 16: Chrism Mass. Click here for video of the Chrism Mass. Maundy Thursday, April 18: Holy Thursday Mass of the Last Supper and Washing of the Feet, 7 …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding fire at Cathedral of Notre Dame

Bill Brewer News

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville expressed shock and disappointment today at the destructive fire that broke out in the historic Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. Bishop Stika said he will reach out to the Archdiocese of Paris with prayers and offers of support from the Diocese of Knoxville as France works to rebuild the centuries-old …

Abby Johnson shares pro-life message at St. Mary Church in Athens

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Abby Johnson spoke at the Full Circle Luncheon at St. Mary Church in Athens on April 11, on creating a culture that values all human life, including children in the womb. Ms. Johnson is a pro-life author and speaker. The movie “Unplanned,” in theaters now, is based on her story as a former Planned Parenthood worker turned pro-life advocate. Ms. …

Dr. Sedonna Prater appointed superintendent of Catholic schools

Jim Wogan News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Dr. Sedonna Prater as the new superintendent of Catholic schools effective April 10, 2019. “Dr. Prater is going to be an excellent leader for our Catholic schools,” Bishop Stika said. “She cares deeply about educating students the right way, and it only takes a few minutes with her to …

Bishop Stika administers sacrament of confirmation across diocese

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been administering the sacrament of confirmation to hundreds of youth at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. Last year, confirmations were held at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in celebration of the new cathedral and the diocese’s 30th anniversary. This year, Bishop Stika is visiting and celebrating Mass at …

Lenten Season 2019

Jim Wogan Lent, News

Lent is the season of 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms spiritually which prepares us for the glorious celebration of Easter. We are challenged to pause and reflect during this period. How can we grow closer to Christ and better serve Him? List of Lenten Penance Services in the Diocese of Knoxville Guidelines for fasting and abstinence  Understanding the …

Lenten fasting and abstinence guidelines

Jim Wogan News

Ash Wednesday Masses and penance services are held at all parishes throughout the Diocese of Knoxville. Please remember that Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence for most Catholics.  Please continue reading for additional information. Fasting and Abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during …

Bishops issue joint statement on Tennessee ‘Heartbeat Bill’

Emily Booker News

The following joint statement was issued by Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Memphis on Feb. 26, 2019: We believe that the sanctity of human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception to …