Praying, fasting for peace in Syria

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholics across East Tennessee and around the country are encouraged to join a “Day of Fasting and Prayer for Peace in Syria, the Middle East and the World” on Saturday, Sept. 7, as the U.S. government considers its role in the ongoing struggle in Syria. Pope Francis has called on the world’s Catholics to fast and pray for peace on …

Notre Dame, KCHS celebrate Irish Bowl’s return

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

According to the United States Congress of Catholic Bishops, the New Evangelization proposed by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in this Year of Faith calls us to “to be evangelized and then go forth to evangelize.” Who knew a game of football could do that? On Aug. 23, the Fighting Irish of Knoxville Catholic High School hosted the Fighting Irish of …

Diocese of Knoxville schoo year off to good start

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

The Diocese of Knoxville’s 10 schools are off to a successful start as the 2013-14 school year begins. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the opening Mass on Thursday at Knoxville Catholic High School, and football teams from Knoxville Catholic and Notre Dame high schools resumed their rivalry Aug. 23 in the Irish Bowl at KCHS. Total enrollment for the new …

Seminarians ordained into diaconate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Calling it “a great and historic day for the Diocese of Knoxville,” Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four men to the transitional diaconate June 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Colin Blatchford, Tony Budnick, Julian Cardona, and Adam Kane all received holy orders in the Mass. It was the diocese’s second four-person ordination and first in nearly 20 years. On Nov. …

Christopher Manning ordained into priesthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Christopher Manning became the 41st priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville June 1 during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided and concelebrants included cathedral rector Father David Boettner, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Marty Zielinski of Mundelein Seminary. Also concelebrating were Father Bob Hofstetter and Father Pat …

Priests in diocese take on new assignments July 1

Deacon Scott Maentz Catholic Church, News, Vocations

New pastoral assignment changes announced by Bishop Richard F. Stika affect the chaplaincies at both diocesan high schools and the pastorates at several parishes. All appointments are effective Monday, July 1, unless noted. Father Patrick Brownell, chaplain at Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga, has been appointed pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Morristown. Father Brownell has served at Notre …

Neophytes are officially sent into the diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

A journey of faith for 318 catechumens and candidates that was celebrated at the Easter Vigil through baptism and confirmation officially began Sunday with The Sending of the Neophytes Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass and presided at the service, where the newest members of the Catholic Church in …

Pontiff receives greetings from the Diocese of Knoxville

Al Forsythe Catholic Church, Media, News

Bishop Stika delivers best wishes, invitation, gift to Pope Francis on weeklong Papal Foundation visit The Diocese of Knoxville is making quite an impression on Pope Francis so early in his pontificate. Bishop Richard F. Stika, who serves on the Papal Foundation’s board of trustees, met with the pope in Rome in April, even concelebrating Mass with the Holy Father, …

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 …