Annulment FAQs

▸ 1. What is an annulment? “Annulments” are more properly called declarations of nullity. A declaration of nullity, whether from the civil government or from the Church, is a judicial statement declaring that one or more of the elements that is essential for contracting a marriage was lacking. It is a declaration saying that while there was a real relationship …

Tribunal of the Diocese of Knoxville

Welcome to the page for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Knoxville. Rooted in our knowledge of the canon law of the Church, our office exists to assist the Bishop in his administration of justice in the Diocese. The primary need addressed by the Tribunal is the processing of petitions for a declaration of marital nullity. A couple years ago, …

Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most …

Rosary for Life postponed until Feb. 20

Inclement weather is prompting postponement of the Diocese of Knoxville’s Rosary for Life and Divine Mercy Chaplet that was scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 23. The new date for this year’s Rosary for Life, which will coincide with the diocese’s 40 Days for Life vigil, is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. across from Planned Parenthood at 710 N. Cherry St. …

St. John XXIII is 14th best U.S. Newman Center

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Offices, Parishes, Schools, Youth Ministry

Best College Reviews, an independent college review journal that provides information on schools, ranks the Diocese of Knoxville’s St. John XXIII University Parish and Catholic Center as the 14th best Newman Center in the United States. A Pew Research study found that Christianity makes up 70 percent of the total population, with about 21 percent of the total identifying as …

Adult Confirmation

Bishop Stika will celebrate a Diocesan-Wide Confirmation Mass on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Any adult (18 and over) who has had the sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Reconciliation, but has not been confirmed, can receive the sacrament on this date.  Interested candidates should call their parish …

Cathedral daily Mass moving to Chancery

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices, Parishes

Summer will be a time for special adjustments for those who attend Masses and other events at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Construction of the new cathedral at 711 S. Northshore Drive will impact parking, summer camps, special events and daily Masses. Starting June 1, 2015, daily Mass for the cathedral will be held at the Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel …

Students complete Catholic Bible school, earn certificates

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika presented certificates May 2 to more than 75 Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who successfully completed a four-year Catholic Bible study program sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Ministry office. Some 90 Catholics took part in the intensive study program, which began in 2011. The students were required to attend a full day of study one Saturday each …

Diocese parishioners gather for Ministries Day

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage, Marriage and Culture, Marriage Enrichment, New Evangelization, News, Offices, Young Adult Ministry, Youth Ministry

More than 200 parishioners from around the Diocese of Knoxville took part Oct. 18 in Ministries Day, a daylong event where diocesan ministry leaders gather with fellow Catholics from the various churches to share ideas on how to more effectively spread the faith. Thirty presentations in English and Spanish were held for parishioners, with each presentation concentrating on some aspect …

Vote for Lourdes Garza, Catholic Extension Lumen Christi Award nominee

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News, Offices

Lourdes Garza, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award.  You can help support Lourdes Garza by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this link with others in the Diocese of Knoxville and encourage them to also vote for Lourdes Garza. Here’s how to vote: “Like” the …

Overview of the Annulment Process Seminars

DECLARATION OF NULLITY VIDEO SERIES PART 1    WHAT A DECLARATION OF NULLITY IS AND WHAT IT IS NOT PART 2    WHAT IS MARRIAGE? PART 3    TERMS USED IN THE NULLITY PROCESS PART 4    DOCUMENTARY CASE TYPES PART 5     DEFECTIVE CONSENT CASE  

Worship and Liturgy

Rightly, then, the liturgy is considered as an exercise of the priestly office of Jesus Christ. In the liturgy the sanctification of the man is signified by signs perceptible to the senses, and is effected in a way which corresponds with each of these signs; in the liturgy the whole public worship is performed by the Mystical Body of Jesus …

Church teachings on the sacrament of matrimony

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website: For most people marriage is one of the most important decisions and realities of their life; in it they form a community of love. For Catholics, marriage is not merely a civil contract but is a covenant between a man and a woman before God. If both are baptized, the marriage is …

Communications

The Office of Communications works with the Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to the people of East Tennessee. The office pledges to work with media to help the public better understand our Christian mission and to provide materials and information to assist the media in the coverage of the Catholic Church …