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 …

Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most …

Rite of Election ceremonies held for Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Christian Formation

Rite of Election ceremonies were held March 4 and March 5 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed many of the 222 people who will enter the Church in the Diocese of Knoxville at Easter Vigil. The diocese will receive 166 candidates and 56 catechumens at Easter Vigil services at parishes in …

Funeral Mass held for Monsignor George Schmidt

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville

Monsignor George E. Schmidt Jr., who died Dec. 29 after a lengthy illness, was laid to rest Jan. 4 at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Chattanooga following a funeral Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika and concelebrated by more than 30 fellow priests. Monsignor Schmidt, who was 72, was pastor emeritus of the …

Bishop Stika celebrates Red Mass for legal professionals

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the annual Red Mass on October 9 at Sacred Heart Cathedral to honor those in the legal profession, including judges, attorneys, law school professors, students, and government officials. The Red Mass is traditionally celebrated to invoke the blessing of the Holy Spirit before the beginning of a new Supreme Court year. (Photos: Steve Coy, Sacred Heart Cathedral) …

Notre Dame High School celebrates 140 years

Emily Booker News, Schools

On October 6, Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga celebrated its 140th anniversary. Bishop Stika celebrated Mass at the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. Father Mike Nolan (Class of 1978) gave the homily. The celebration continued with a dinner and party for alumni and supporters of Notre Dame at Stratton Hall. In 1876, the Dominican Sisters of the St. Cecilia Community in Nashville …

Cathedral construction reaches halfway point

Bill Brewer Cathedral, News

“Jesus, I trust in you.” Those words were never more appropriate than when Bishop Richard F. Stika strapped on a safety harness, climbed into a mechanical boom lift, and was hoisted 14 stories above ground to inscribe “Iesu Confido in Te” on a steel beam forming the dome of the new Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In placing …

St. Dominic Parish celebrates 75 years

Dan McWilliams News

St. Dominic Parish in Kingsport celebrated its 75th anniversary Aug. 14 as members filled the church for a Mass with Bishop Richard F. Stika. The bishop celebrated the Mass with concelebrants including St. Dominic pastor Father Michael Cummins, associate pastor Father William Oruko, AJ, Father Peter Iorio, and Father Alex Waraksa. Father Iorio’s first assignment as a priest was at …

Sending of the Neophytes recognizes newest Catholics

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Sending of the Neophytes on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Sun., May 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. The 268 catechumens and candidates who were baptized and confirmed at the Easter Vigil were recognized, many of whom were in attendance. In the Sending of the Neophytes ceremony, those who recently joined the Catholic Church in the …