francis0-stika-rigali-stone2_300326_14102015The Dedication Stone Pilgrimage allows parishioners across the Diocese of Knoxville to view a marble stone blessed by Pope Francis at the Vatican on Oct. 14, 2015.  The stone, quarried from property in East Tennessee, is roughly the size of a ceiling tile and weighs 19.5 pounds. It will be placed in the narthex of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral at the conclusion of construction sometime in early 2018.  Members of the Knights of Columbus of the Diocese of Knoxville will escort the dedication stone to stops at all of our diocesan parishes, mission churches, and Catholic schools. Please view the complete schedule (right) for the dedication stone’s visit to your parish or school. 

Where in East Tennessee is the dedication stone?

Please check the calendar in the sidebar for the full schedule of the Dedication Stone Pilgrimage.

Dedication Stone Prayer
by Bishop Richard F. Stika300319_14102015

Heavenly Father, through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, we ask your  continued blessing upon the Catholic Church of East Tennessee as we strive to be the face, the hands, the feet, and the heart of Jesus. As we continue to grow as the Diocese of Knoxville and celebrate our unity with the Bishop of Rome, may this dedication stone of our new cathedral be a reminder of our unity as one Church! We ask this through the intercession the patron saints of our diocese, the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John Paul II, but especially through Christ our Lord.


Dedication Stone Pilgrimage Begins at Sacred Heart Cathedral
November 2016

Photo Gallery
See the dedication stone as it visits our parishes, mission churches, and schools

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