Bishop Stika announces priest retirements and new pastoral assignments

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Bishop Richard F. Stika is pleased to announce the following information regarding priest retirements and new pastoral assignments. These retirements and new pastoral assignments will be effective July 1, 2018: Msgr. Patrick Garrity is retiring from full-time priestly ministry.  Msgr. Garrity will remain as Vicar for Priests, Chairman of the Clergy Materials Concern Committee and member of the Priest Benefit …

Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali remember Billy Graham

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Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement on receiving the news of the Rev. Billy Graham’s death on Wednesday in North Carolina at the age of 99: “I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Graham in 1999 during his visit to St. Louis as he was preparing for one of his famous crusades to be held there. I found him …

Bishop Stika congratulates new Nashville bishop

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Bishop Richard F. Stika is offering his congratulations to the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Nashville, Father J. Mark Spalding. “I welcome Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding to the state of Tennessee. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has made an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Nashville and I look forward to working with him …

Bishop opposes Bible verse removal at KPD

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Always an outspoken defender of religious freedom and the free expression of Christian beliefs, Bishop Richard F. Stika voiced his opposition Wednesday to the forced removal of a biblical passage that has been present inside the headquarters of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. “Yet again, we have evidence of how our religious freedom is increasingly being eroded in our …

Pope Francis honors Father Bill Gahagan with title of monsignor

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Pope Francis has designated Father William Gahagan, who has served in the Diocese of Knoxville since its inception in 1988, with the title of monsignor. The papal honor comes at the recommendation of Bishop Richard F. Stika who made the announcement at a meeting of diocesan priests on May 23.  “A lot of the younger priests don’t know this, but …

Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

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Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1, 2017. The Secretariat of Divine Worship carries out work for the USCCB in areas relating to the preparation and approval of …

Bishop Stika: Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for parishes, mission churches

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Bishop Richard F. Stika has declared Dec. 17-18 as a Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville for their “historic response” to the recent Home campaign which raised nearly $45 million for parish and diocesan initiatives. “I knew this would be a tremendous challenge.  I also knew that together we’d be …

Watch: Bishop’s homily for hope, healing, and rebuilding

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Bishop Richard F. Stika asked the faithful attending Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge on Sunday to remember the victims of the wildfires that have claimed at least 14 lives, and destroyed many homes, leaving thousands of people, including some of those at the Mass, homeless.   St. Mary survived last week’s fires, but remains closed.  A …

Bishop to celebrate Mass in Pigeon Forge on Sunday; latest on fire impact and relief efforts

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Note: A photo previously attached to this page, in fact, was not a photo from the Gatlinburg-area fires.  We regret the error. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge. Holy Cross sits just a few miles from St. Mary Catholic Church in Gatlinburg, and the devastation …

Statement from Bishop Stika on Gatlinburg fires and St. Mary Catholic Church

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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 …

USCCB approves canonization cause for Father Ryan

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The U.S. bishops gathered at their annual fall General Assembly in Baltimore, have approved by a voice vote the canonical consultation of four causes for beatification and canonization, including the cause for Servant of God Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who served in Chattanooga in the late 1800’s.   Bishop Richard F. Stika of the Diocese of Knoxville made …

Bishop Stika to present Cause for Sainthood at USCCB Meeting

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Bishop Richard F. Stika will make a formal presentation at this week’s meeting of U.S. bishops in Baltimore on the cause for sainthood for Father Patrick Ryan, a diocesan priest who died serving yellow fever victims in Chattanooga in the late 1800’s.  The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its Fall General Assembly, Nov. 14-16 in Baltimore, Md. The …

Bishop Stika celebrates Blue Mass for police, firefighters, emergency medical responders

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East Tennessee law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical responders took part in the Diocese of Knoxville’s Blue Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 2. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass, with Father David Boettner, rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral concelebrating. Father Arthur Torres, associate pastor at Sacred Heart, served as emcee of the Mass. Deacon Dan Alexander …