Bishop Stika announces new pastoral assignments and a priest retirement

Jim Wogan News, Parishes, Priesthood

Bishop Richard F. Stika is pleased to announce the following new pastoral assignments and a priest retirement which were announced at respective parishes in late May and early June and, unless otherwise noted, will take effect in the Diocese of Knoxville on July 15: Father Dan Whitman is retiring from full-time ministry and will remain spiritual moderator for the Knoxville …

Bishop Stika announces new priest assignments

Jim Wogan News, Parishes, Priesthood

  Bishop Stika is pleased to announce the following priest assignments which are effective July 1, 2016: Reverend John Arthur Orr to pastor of St. Joseph the Worker in Madisonville.  Father Orr will succeed Father P.J. McGinnity,  who has served as pastor at St. Joseph the Worker since 2009. Father McGinnity will take up Ministry as a priest in the …

Four new priests ordained in Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News, Priesthood

With words of encouragement and a few more on what to expect, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Knoxville on June 27. Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Michael Hendershott, Scott Russell and Ray Powell all received their Holy Orders during the Rite of Ordination and a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We have four new priests. Last …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes newest deacon

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Priesthood, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed its newest transitional deacon May 30 when seminarian Adam Royal was elevated to holy orders by Bishop Richard F. Stika at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga. Fellow deacons, priests, family, friends and members of St. Stephen joined Deacon Royal for the Rite of Ordination. In his homily, Bishop Stika reminded Deacon Royal that people from …

Tickets on sale for Conversation with the Cardinals at Tennessee Theatre

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, Leadership, News, Priesthood

Nearly 200 years of Catholic leadership will be on stage when the Diocese of Knoxville presents A Conversation with the Cardinals on April 18 from 7-9 p.m. at the Tennessee Theatre. New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada will be featured speakers in an entertaining and informative four-way discussion about the Catholic Church. Bishop …

How To Avoid A Priest Shortage

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

I recently had a conversation with a former schoolteacher of mine, a good and devout Catholic, wherein we exchanged prayer intentions, for through the blessing of the internet I can interact with former teachers and school friends that I have not otherwise seen in many years. In the course of this conversation, we began to discuss priests and I shared …

Adoration and Ordination

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Hal And the Bishop

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, New Evangelization, Priesthood

Bishop Stika was the guest this past week on Hallerin Hilton Hill’s interview program Anything Is Possible this past week. I was most struck when the bishop said that he could not imagine his life as a bishop or a priest without prayer. Hallerin told His Excellency that “your face lights up” at the mention of prayer. I don’t disagree with …

For the Love of Jesus

David Oatney Catechism, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Here in East Tennessee, the Catholic population has, in the past, often been seen to be marginalized. There seem to be so few of us and so many people of other faiths. Sometimes it seems as though our neighbors don’t understand us, and the things people don’t understand are the things they fear. However, things are changing for the Catholic …

A Thank You To Priests On Holy Thursday

David Oatney Catechism, Priesthood, Vocations

Today is known in the Catholic world as Holy Thursday, sometimes in the English-speaking world it is called Maundy Thursday, and it commemorates that Thursday night long ago on the night Jesus Christ was betrayed, when he instituted the two sacraments without which his Church would not exist, the Holy Eucharist, and the sacrament of Holy Orders, specifically in the form …

The Hands That Bring Us Jesus

David Oatney Priesthood, Vocations

As we continue our examination here at Life At 25 of vocations in the Church today, it is right that our attention should now turn to the Sacred Priesthood, because priests are absolutely vital to the mission of the Church, so much so that without priests there is no Eucharist, there is no Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is really no …