Bishop Stika issues pastoral letter in preparation for Holy Week

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In advance of Holy Week, Bishop Richard F. Stika has issued a special pastoral letter to parishioners of the Diocese of Knoxville encouraging participation in video streaming of live Mass webcasts and the Act of Spiritual Communion.  Additionally, Bishop Stika is asking parishioners to pray the Station of the Cross on Friday, April 3 and Good Friday, April 10.  Read …

Diocese of Knoxville Chancery closed effective March 24

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Bishop Richard F. Stika said that the Diocese of Knoxville Chancery offices will be closed to the public, effective March 24, after continuing concerns over the potential spread of the coronavirus. Bishop Stika announced his decision Monday night. While the Chancery is closed to the public, it is not suspending operations. Some diocesan employees may continue to work on-site should …

Bishop Stika speaks of unity with Pope Francis during ad limina visit

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By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As people on pilgrimage often report, what happens along the way can be just as important as what happens at the destination. Every bishop in the world is required regularly to make a visit “ad limina apostolorum” (to the threshold of the apostles) to pray at the tombs of Sts. …

Dr. Kennedy honored at Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee dinner

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Dr. Dan Kennedy, a longtime educator and a 25-year member of the Catholic Foundation of East Tennessee, was recognized as the newest member of the Society of St. Peter during the foundation’s 2019 annual dinner on Sunday, Nov. 3, in Knoxville. Dr. Kennedy was presented with a blessed icon of St. Peter by Bishop Richard F. Stika who offered his …

Cardinal Rigali to represent U.S. Catholic Church at International Eucharistic Congress

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  Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is now in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, will represent the Catholic Church for the United States at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary in 2020. The appointment was made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As preparation for the Congress, Bishop Richard F. Stika invited parishioners …

Bishop Stika statement on USCCB actions on clergy abuse

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The actions of U.S. bishops at our General Assembly this week demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the high standards we initially enacted almost 20 years ago to address the issue of clergy abuse. We have given clarity to the codes of conduct and accountability, set forth in 2002, that they now apply to all clergy, including bishops. I am …

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis’ decree regarding sexual abuse

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Today, Pope Francis outlined concrete procedures that the worldwide, universal Catholic Church must now abide by in the response to the societal evil of sexual abuse.  The Holy Father’s motu proprio makes it clear that abuse at any level in the Church, and the failure of Church leadership to report abuse and protect victims, will not be tolerated.  I welcome …

Dr. Sedonna Prater appointed superintendent of Catholic schools

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Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville has named Dr. Sedonna Prater as the new superintendent of Catholic schools effective April 10, 2019. “Dr. Prater is going to be an excellent leader for our Catholic schools,” Bishop Stika said. “She cares deeply about educating students the right way, and it only takes a few minutes with her to …

Bishops speak out against execution

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Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville, Bishop J. Mark Spalding of the Diocese of Nashville, and Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the Archdiocese of Louisville, who is currently serving as the apostolic administrator for the Diocese of Memphis, today issued this joint statement on the scheduled execution of David Earl Miller by the state of Tennessee: For …

Statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika following the shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27: I want to express my deepest sense of sorrow for the shocking display of hatred and violence that took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday. The motivation to take precious and innocent life is difficult to understand. I pray for the many victims …

Bishop Stika issues pastoral letter after Pennsylvania abuse report

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Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a pastoral letter to priests, pastors, deacons, religious communities, and the parishioners of the Diocese of Knoxville on Thursday.  The letter addresses a report by the Pennsylvania attorney general on abuses that took place in that state and comes after two days of detailed reading of the report by the bishop. Carta pastoral de obispo …

Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville react to Billy Ray Irick execution

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Billy Ray Irick, 59, was executed at 7:48 p.m. local time on Thursday in Nashville for the brutal rape and murder of a 7-year-old girl in Knox Co., Tenn. in 1985. Irick had been on death row for more than 30 years. Following the execution by lethal injection, the Catholic bishops of Knoxville and Nashville issued a statement: We, as …

Bishop Stika statement on Archbishop McCarrick

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A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, who recently resigned from the College of Cardinals following sexual abuse allegations: Like many of you, I have struggled in recent weeks with my personal reaction to reports that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick sexually abused individuals during his years as a priest and bishop. I also recognize the anger …