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 …

Cardinal Rigali to celebrate Masses at cathedral Feb. 5 and 6

Emily Booker News

While our priests attend Study Days in Gatlinburg during the first week of February, 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, Feb. 5, and Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 …

Polish Masses begin Feb. 3 at the cathedral

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Father Marcin “Martin” Gladysz will begin celebrating a monthly Mass in Polish at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The first Mass will be celebrated Sunday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.  Masses in Polish are scheduled for the first Sunday of each month at 3 p.m. although some dates may …

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 …