Faithful departed honored at annual Memorial Day Mass

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Diocese of Knoxville parishioners gathered May 29 at Calvary Cemetery in Knoxville for the annual Memorial Day Mass. About 50 faithful attended the Mass, which was celebrated by Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville. Deacon Joe Stackhouse served as deacon of the Eucharist. Parishioners from Immaculate Conception and St. John XXIII University Parish led the …

Pope Francis honors Father Bill Gahagan with title of monsignor

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Pope Francis has designated Father William Gahagan, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since its inception in 1988, with the title of monsignor. The papal honor comes at the recommendation of Bishop Richard F. Stika who made the announcement at a meeting of diocesan priests on May 23.  “A lot of the younger priests don’t know this, but …

Christopher Floersh to be ordained on June 3

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On June 3, 2017, Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Christoper Floersh to the Holy Priesthood during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Last month, Deacon Floersh was gracious to answer a few questions about his upcoming ordination in an email exchange with Diocese of Knoxville Communications Director Jim Wogan.   JW: Bishop Stika has ordained a good number of …

Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

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Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1, 2017. The Secretariat of Divine Worship carries out work for the USCCB in areas relating to the preparation and approval of …

St. Mary’s Clinic goes to Gatlinburg

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Several weeks after deadly wildfires swept through East Tennessee in late 2016, it became obvious to Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, that it was time to bring the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical mission to residents living in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. Photo Gallery: (photos by Emily Booker) On April 27, after several months of investigation and planning, Sister Mariana, …

Bishop Stika welcomes new Catholics into the Church

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The growth of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee may be most evident at Easter, when the Diocese of Knoxville welcomes its newest members – those who have participated in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA), a process of conversion and study in the Catholic faith for catechumens and candidates coming into full communion with the Church. In recent …

Travel with Cardinal Justin Rigali and Father Michael Hendershott on a pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the appearance of our Blessed Mother to three young children in central Portugal.  From March 1917 to October 1917 the Virgin Mary appeared 6 times and told the children she had been sent by God with a …

Monsignors Mankel and Garrity honored by KCHS

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Monsignors Xavier Mankel and Patrick Garrity are being recognized for their years of service to Knoxville Catholic High School with school wings that have been named in their honor. The two longtime Diocese of Knoxville priests, who served as principals of the diocesan high school, were honored April 4 at the school with a reception and dedication ceremony. The school …

Bishop unveils cornerstone of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

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Bishop Richard F. Stika unveiled the cornerstone of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on Saturday, March 25. Cardinal Justin Rigali, Father David Boettner, Father Joe Reed, Father Arthur Torres, and Deacon Walt Otey joined Bishop Stika in a liturgical celebration that preceded the unveiling. The ceremony was attended by clergy and parishioners from around the Diocese …

Cathedral cornerstone unveiling on Saturday

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The engraved cornerstone for the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus will be unveiled during a special celebration this Saturday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the cathedral construction site. The public is invited to attend. Tours of the cathedral will be conducted following the celebration until 2 p.m. The cornerstone, which weighs more than 3,000 pounds, …

Catholic Charities Chattanooga dinner

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Catholic Charities of East Tennessee held its 35th annual dinner in Chattanooga on March 16.  Dr. Everlena Holmes and Mr. Eugene Blaes were recepients of the 2017 Pope Francis Service to the Poor Award.  Photos: Nancy Powell, Betty Anne Neal, Jim Wogan.