Pope presents blessing to Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Leadership, News

As Pope Francis establishes the 265th pontificate since St. Peter following his March 13 ascension from the College of Cardinals, the world is embracing the new pontiff and his acts of humility and compassion. The pope’s popularity is extending beyond Vatican City, where he has upended traditional security protocol by walking into the crowds of faithful to shake hands, bless …

Future Catholics participate in Rite of Election ceremonies

Dan McWilliams Lent, News

A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, director of Christian Formation for the diocese. “I just want to welcome you to the Church,” …

Cardinal Rigali enjoys fitting send-off to Rome for papal conclave

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

In a turnout befitting a pope—or a cardinal—more than a thousand well-wishers were on hand Feb. 26 at All Saints Church and McGhee Tyson Airport to see Cardinal Justin Rigali as he departed for Rome, where he will join the College of Cardinals in a conclave to elect the next pope. Cardinal Rigali presided at a morning prayer service at …

It’s a day on Capital Hill for Catholics

Dan McWilliams News, Schools

Bishop Richard F. Stika led a group of East Tennessee Catholics taking part in the 16th annual Catholic Day on the Hill on Feb. 20. The state’s three bishops, including Bishop David R. Choby of Nashville and Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, of Memphis, visited several legislators as well as Gov. Bill Haslam. At the midpoint of the day’s visits, …

Bishop Stika, Cardinal Rigali hold press conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Press Conference with Justin Cardinal Rigali and Bishop Richard F. Stika, The Diocese of Knoxville from patrick murphy-racey on Vimeo. Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, and Diocese of Knoxville Bishop Richard F. Stika hold a press conference with members of the East Tennessee media on Monday, Feb. 11, at the Diocese of Knoxville …

Public safety workers recognized at Blue Mass

Bill Brewer News

Knoxville police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians were on hand Feb. 8 as Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at a Blue Mass in recognition of the public safety community.  A Knoxville Police Department honor guard, surrounded by Knights of Columbus, stood in place at Sacred Heart Cathedral as the 6:45 a.m. Mass began. In his homily, Bishop Stika thanked …