Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Jim Wogan News

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

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News

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 …

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 …