Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI celebrates 65th anniversary of ordination

Emily Booker News, Uncategorized

VATICAN CITY (CNS) –Pope Francis led a Vatican celebration for the 65th anniversary of Pope Benedict’s priestly ordination on June 28. The two were joined by the heads of Vatican offices and congregations and several guests, including a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Those gathered gave Pope Benedict a standing ovation as he made his way into …

Sr. Mariana Koonce is national Lumen Christi Award finalist

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, and director of the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been selected as a national finalist for the Lumen Christi Award presented by Catholic Extension. Every year, Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform …

Blue Mass celebrated for area law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue units

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Father David A. Boettner, rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated a Blue Mass in recognition of Knoxville area law enforcement, fire fighters and first response emergency crews on April 24, 2016.   During the Mass, Fr. Boettner thanked the public servants for their bravery, service and sacrifice.  Father Boettner represented Bishop Richard F. Stika as …

Bishop Stika comments on Amoris Laetitia

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

  Many of us will be inclined to skim through a reading of Amoris Laetitia and may rush to a quick conclusion. Some media outlets have already done so—adding another layer of rapid interpretation to a document that was inspired by a lengthy process of discernment by Catholic bishops, and ultimately, our Holy Father. The apostolic exhortation issued by Pope Francis …

Bishop Stika asking parishes to participate in 24 Hours for the Lord

Jim Wogan Lent, News, Pope Francis, Uncategorized

Bishop Richard F. Stika is asking parishes across the Diocese of Knoxville to participate in Pope Francis’ special 24 hour Lenten initiative on March 4 and March 5.  Two of the key components of 24 Hours for the Lord is Eucharistic Adoration and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. “Pope Francis is reminding us that Lent is a time of prayer,  penance, and almsgiving.  This …

Hundreds turn out for Knoxville March for Life

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

Hundreds of pro-life supporters, including many East Tennessee Catholics, turned out for a rally and the annual March for Life sponsored by the Knox County chapter of Tennessee Right to Life. Nearly 500 people attended the rally Jan. 24 at the Tennessee Amphitheatre on the World’s Fair site, and more than 400 marched several blocks to a Clinch Avenue abortion …

Bishop Stika blesses convent for Religious Sisters of Mercy

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Shortly after Bishop Richard F. Stika arrived in Knoxville in 2009, he reached out to a women’s religious order based in Alma, Michigan with a request– come to Knoxville and help serve Roman Catholics in East Tennessee. The Religious Sisters of Mercy accepted the bishop’s offer, and the Sisters who arrived here settled into their vital roles in healthcare, education and administration– …

Holy Door opens at Sacred Heart Cathedral; Diocese begins Year of Mercy celebration

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News, Uncategorized, Year of Mercy

Bishop Richard F. Stika proclaimed the beginning of the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Diocese of Knoxville during the Rite of Introduction at the Our Lady of the Mountains chapel at the Chancery on Dec. 8. “Dear beloved brothers and sisters, with eyes fixed on Jesus and his merciful face, the Holy Father, on this Solemnity of the Immaculate …

Drilling begins, Sacred Heart Cathedral to be built on rock

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

The symbolism of the day can’t be denied. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told St. Peter “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continue to carry out that command, literally. On a cool and rainy day, workers from Merit Construction positioned a heavy rig into place, and began the …

Bishop Vann Johnston appointed to Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika is offering his prayers and best wishes to Bishop James Vann Johnston, who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph by Pope Francis today. “Bishop Johnston is a good friend and a favorite son of the Diocese of Knoxville. His service to this diocese goes back to its early days—when he …