Bishop Stika statement on immigrant arrests; extends thanks to those who have supported families

Jim Wogan News

Leer en Español Bishop Richard F. Stika, who on Friday began a month-long series of Mass celebrations to offer the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than 1,700 youngsters in the Diocese of Knoxville, has issued the following statement regarding diocesan efforts to assist families following Thursday’s government raid in Grainger County: “The arrests of workers and undocumented immigrants in East …

Assassination attempt, legacy of John Paul II among topics at Conversation with the Cardinals on March 4

Jim Wogan News

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II entered St. Peter’s Square standing inside an uncovered white jeep being driven through a crowd of people gathered to witness his weekly public appearance. Riding inside the same jeep, and sitting directly behind the Holy Father, was Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, then a priest-secretary to the pope. Within minutes of entering the square, …

Cardinal Dziwisz among prelates to attend Mass of Dedication; Conversation with the Cardinals

Jim Wogan News

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former secretary to Pope St. John Paul II and Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, will play a prominent role in Masses and special events surrounding the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tenn., the weekend of March 2-4. Cardinal Dziwisz will be traveling from Poland to participate in the celebration …

Bishop Stika statement on Texas church shooting

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued the following statement after Sunday’s church shooting in Texas: “Once again, our nation has been jolted by news of a mass killing. When will it end? Today’s appalling act of violence at a church in Texas reminds us that evil exists, and as a nation, and as good people, we must stand up to it. …

Bishop Stika announces disaster relief distributions

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special collections that were initiated in late August and continued through late September. “This …

Diocese extends relief effort collections to include Hurricane Irma victims

Emily Booker News

In response Hurricane Irma, which has claimed lives and resulted in overwhelming destruction in the Caribbean and Florida, Bishop Richard F. Stika has extended his request that parishes in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville contribute to a fund to assist victims of that storm, and the one that hit Texas in late August. “With Hurricane Irma following on the …

Diocese distributes nearly $369,000 to assist wildfire victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika today announced that the Diocese of Knoxville has distributed $368,906.79 to victims of the deadly and destructive wildfires that swept through the Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee in November. “Because of the love and generosity of people across East Tennessee and beyond, the Diocese of Knoxville is able to assist families who have been struggling to …

Bishop Stika reacts to death of Nashville Bishop David Choby

Jim Wogan News

The Most Reverend David R. Choby, Bishop of the Diocese of Nashville since 2006, has died after battling recent health issues. He was 70.  The Diocese of Nashville announced that Bishop Choby passed away at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville late Saturday night. He was undergoing treatment for injuries that he suffered in a fall at his home on …

Christopher Floersh to be ordained on June 3

Jim Wogan News

On June 3, 2017, Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Christoper Floersh to the Holy Priesthood during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Last month, Deacon Floersh was gracious to answer a few questions about his upcoming ordination in an email exchange with Diocese of Knoxville Communications Director Jim Wogan.   JW: Bishop Stika has ordained a good number of …

Bishop Stika blesses cross, crowns new cathedral in topping off ceremony

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika marked a milestone in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville when he ascended to the front peak of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral and placed an American Flag, a papal flag, and a ceremonial Christmas tree on the structure.  The “topping off” ceremony, which marked the completion of the steel frame, was witnessed by Cardinal Justin …

Bishop Stika celebrates 7th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination with Mass at KCHS

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the 7th anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination with a Mass attended by hundreds of faithful Catholics, including some who travelled hundreds of miles to participate, at Knoxville Catholic High School on Mar. 19. The Mass was part of the Mercy & Mary two-day Lenten retreat hosted by the Diocese of Knoxville and led by Father …

Diocesan priests receive Missionaries of Mercy mandate from Pope Francis

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News, Pope Francis

While Catholics across the world have been called on by Pope Francis to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy— two priests from the Diocese of Knoxville received a special mandate from the Holy Father in Rome to spread merciful works further. Monsignor Al Humbrecht, pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Soddy Daisy; and Father Joe Reed, associate pastor at …