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 Abbey where he was a Benedictine Brother for ten years before being ordained to the priesthood.
“Pray that I may continue to grow in holiness and service as a priest and never lose sight of the gifts that God has given me in so many bretheren, sisters, friends and formators,” Father Reed said in a post on his personal Facebook page.
Father Reed is also director of vocations for the Diocese of Knoxville, assisting Bishop Stika in fostering the formation of men who are preparing for the priesthood.