Office of the Bishop

Most Reverend Richard F. Stika

Bishop Richard F. Stika was born July 4, 1957, in St. Louis, Mo. He attended Catholic schools for his entire education including earning a B.S. from St. Louis University and a Master of Divinity from Kenrick Seminary.

He was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Dec. 14, 1985, by Archbishop John L. May at the Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis. Since his ordination he has possessed bi-ritual faculties of the Maronite Church, an Eastern Rite of the Catholic Church.

He has served as an Associate and then a Pastor in several parishes as well as associate director of the Office of Vocations for the St. Louis Archdiocese and as spiritual director for the archdiocesan Catholic Youth Council. On June 28, 1995, he was made a Prelate of Honor of His Holiness and hence known by the title Monsignor. In 1999 then–Monsignor Stika coordinated for the archdiocese the visit of Pope John Paul II to St. Louis.

Pope Benedict XVI appointed him bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville on January 12, 2009, and he was ordained Knoxville’s Ordinary on March 19, 2009. On July 1, 2019, Bishop Stika became the longest-serving bishop in the diocese.

Bishop Stika is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, a member of the Equestrian Order of the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre, and a board member of the Daughters of St. Paul of St. Louis. He has a great love for contemplative religious orders and all those who serve as consecrated religious. He serves on the USCCB Board for the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People as well as on the Committee for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. Bishop Stika is also on the Episcopal Board for Catholic Athletes for Christ.

He is a die-hard fan and supporter of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team. He enjoys spending time with his dogs, Rosie, Molly, and Stella. He appreciates a variety of music, from classical to the Beatles and Frank Sinatra. He likes to work with his hands and loves to read biographies and history books, especially on American History.