MelchizeTrek 2019

The MelchizeTrek is a week long backpacking trip in the Savage Gulf  for young men who are open to considering a priestly vocation. Participants will be expected to hike on moderate trails approximately 7 miles per day. Daily activities will include Holy Mass,praying the Divine Office, and a Holy Hour. Fr. Michael Hendershott and Fr. David Carter are looking for ten …

Three Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., join Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, are happy to announce the upcoming arrival of three new Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich. to the Diocese of Knoxville: Sister Teresa Mary Kozlovski, R.S.M., is a native of Duluth, Minn.  She entered the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., in 2005, after graduating from high school. …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …

Diocesan women and men religious mark National Day of Prayer

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Women and men religious serving in the Diocese of Knoxville participated in solemn vespers with exposition and benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament Sept. 13 as part of the National Day of Prayer during the Year of Consecrated Life. Father Ron Franco, CSP, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Knoxville, was celebrant of the vespers service held at Immaculate Conception. …

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 …

Fr. Reed receives incardination as diocesan priest

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Father Joe Reed, who has served as associate pastor at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, was officially received into the Diocese of Knoxville as a diocesan priest on May 10. Bishop Richard F. Stika read the decree of incardination during Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Fr. Reed is a Knoxville native. While in seminary he entered Conception …

Construction set to begin on convent for Religious Sisters of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., will build their first United States convent in the Diocese of Knoxville near the diocesan home they have been sharing for five years. The order of women religious based in Alma broke ground Oct. 9 on the $1.2 million convent, which will be built in Knoxville at 6832 Northshore Dr. Its motherhouse …

Bishop Stika appoints priests to moderator assignments

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Father Dan Whitman has been appointed the Diocesan Spiritual Moderator of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The DCCW is comprised of women across the diocese who are active in their parishes and the diocese. The council works to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service, working with …

Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

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

The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

Bishop Stika ordains three seminarians into transitional diaconate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The pathway to priesthood in the Diocese of Knoxville continues to be busy as Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained three seminarians June 14 to the transitional diaconate, an important step in their religious education before priesthood. Newly ordained Deacons Jesús Guerrero-Rodríguez, Raymond Powell and Scott Russell participated in the Rite of Ordination for the diaconate at the Cathedral of the …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes four new priests

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed four new priests May 31 as Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, where Fathers Colin Blatchford, Anthony Budnick, Julian Cardona and Adam Kane took their vows for the priesthood. The newly ordained priests processed into the cathedral with Bishop Stika and some 60 fellow …

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 …