Meeting Saint Teresa of Kolkata

Jim Wogan News, Year of Mercy

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishop Richard F. Stika, Father Richard Armstrong, and Sister Timothea Elliott, RSM have all met Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood in a Mass of Canonization celebrated by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday, Sept. 4. In this video, each of them reflect on Saint Teresa’s impact and mission. The Diocese of Knoxville …

Bishop to celebrate 28th anniversary Mass for Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate a Mass marking the 28th anniversary of the Diocese of Knoxville on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. “The Catholic Church of East Tennessee has grown tremendously over the past 28 years. We’re still small, but we’re doing big things,” Bishop Stika said.  “This Mass will allow us to …

Bishop authorizes start of new inquiry for future deacons

Jim Wogan Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

After ordaining a class of deacons for the Diocese of Knoxville in June, Bishop Richard F. Stika has authorized the start of a new inquiry period for another diaconate class– which is expected to begin study in September 2017. Between now and then, the diocese is inviting interested men to begin a non-academic period of prayer, discernment and paperwork. “The purpose …

The Shepherd Who Does Not Mince Words

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Our own Bishop took quite a bit of flack in some quarters this past week when he made a post to Facebook that criticized one of the nominees for Vice President of the United States this year. That candidate, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, has come out saying that he is a “traditional Catholic” but that he is “pro-choice.” He …

Bishop rises to new heights in cathedral event dress rehearsal

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

In something akin to a test flight, Bishop Richard F. Stika rode nearly 130 feet to the top of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral in a Genie boom-lift on Thursday, a preliminary step in plans for an even bigger event in August. “Next month we plan to cap off the construction of the steel by planting an American flag, a Papal flag, …

Bishop Statement on Shootings

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Prayer

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families of recent shootings in St. Paul, Baton Rouge, and Dallas.  In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus teaches us that violence only leads to more violence. Please join me in praying that peace and empathy replace hate and vengeance; that citizens, law enforcement, and government leaders come together to quiet the …

Sr. Mariana Koonce is national Lumen Christi Award finalist

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, and director of the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been selected as a national finalist for the Lumen Christi Award presented by Catholic Extension. Every year, Catholic Extension’s Lumen Christi Award honors an individual or group working in one of America’s mission dioceses who demonstrates how the power of faith can transform …

Bishop Stika ordains new deacons for Diocese of Knoxville

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained 23 men into the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville on Sat., June 11 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.   This is only the second class of permanent deacons to be ordained in the diocese.  The first class of deacons were ordained in 2009.  Deacon Tim Elliott, a member of that class, is the director …

Bishop Stika celebrates adult confirmation Mass

Bill Brewer Catechism, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated a Mass of Confirmation for adults for the second consecutive year, administering the sacrament to 46 people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. The confirmandi and their family and friends gathered at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 1 for the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father David Boettner, rector of …

Bishop Stika comments on Amoris Laetitia

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

  Many of us will be inclined to skim through a reading of Amoris Laetitia and may rush to a quick conclusion. Some media outlets have already done so—adding another layer of rapid interpretation to a document that was inspired by a lengthy process of discernment by Catholic bishops, and ultimately, our Holy Father. The apostolic exhortation issued by Pope Francis …

On Feast of Annunciation, Bishop offers memorial Mass for RSM co-foundress

Jim Wogan News

On the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding, RSM, a co-foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Mich., was remembered by Bishop Richard F. Stika as an example to all Catholics, when, like the Blessed Virgin Mary,  she accepted God’s call to serve the Church, even in the face of uncertainty. “She was a woman, who, like the …

Funeral Mass planned for Mother Barbara Anne Marie Gooding

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Vocations

Mother Barbara Anne Gooding, RSM, a foundress of the Religious Sisters of Mercy order of Alma, Mich., who was in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, passed away Friday, April 1, following a brief illness. Called in religious life Sister Barbara Anne Marie, RSM, she was born on Feb. 12, 1940, in Cincinnati and entered eternal life at the Religious …

Tennessee native, wife both victims of Brussels bombing– Bishop Stika issues statement

Jim Wogan News

Like many Americans this week, I have been praying for the victims of the airport bombing in Brussels. Regrettably, after days of uncertainty, we now know Gatlinburg native Justin Shults and his wife Stephanie lost their lives in that dreadful and cowardly attack. As we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus this weekend, my prayers for Justin and Stephanie continue—that their …