Please join me in praying for the people of Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, and for all of the emergency crews fighting the fires and leading the evacuation of residents and visitors. I also ask for prayers for the protection of our Catholic church, which lies in the heart of the Gatlinburg. I have been in contact with the pastor at St. Mary Catholic Parish and I am happy to report that Father Antony Punnackal has safely evacuated. I also ask you to join me in praying for much needed rain, to help our firefighters in their efforts to protect and serve us all.
Bishop Richard F. Stika
Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville