Bishop Stika statement on Texas church shooting

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

Pope Francis blesses Sacred Heart Cathedral dedication stone

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Pope Francis blessed a dedication stone for the new Sacred Heart Cathedral on Oct. 14 in St. Peter Square in Rome, a significant symbolic gesture for the future of the Catholic Church in East Tennessee. The stone was presented to Pope Francis by Bishop Richard F. Stika. “The Holy Father’s willingness to do this is a great blessing for our diocese. We have been planning this for months and …

Bishop sees science and history intersect at ORNL

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Bishop Richard Stika fulfilled a long held desire by touring Oak Ridge National Laboratory— one of the world’s most historic and productive scientific research centers– on Aug. 21.  The visit has been on his wish-list for a number of years. “Absolutely thrilled,” Bishop Stika said at the conclusion of the six hour, marathon visit set-up by state senator Randy McNally of Oak …

Bishop asks for prayers, forgiveness following Chattanooga shootings

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Bishop Richard F. Stika delivered a powerful homily at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul honoring the victims of the July 16 shootings in Chattanooga that took the lives of five U.S. servicemen. The Mass was attended by U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, a number of military veterans and a U.S Marine Color Guard. Bishop Stika, who has two brothers who served in …