St. Mary School reaches technology goal through grant

Emily Booker News, Schools

Through the help of the St. Mary’s Legacy Foundation, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge is now a “one-to-one” school, offering a Chromebook for every student in grades 1-8. Through a $29,200 grant, the school was able to install improved wireless infrastructure and purchase dozens of Chromebooks. On May 4, the school celebrated this accomplishment. Bishop Richard F. Stika toured …

Bishop Stika celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the noon Ash Wednesday Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Father David Boettner and Father Arthur Torres Barona were concelebrants. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. While many people choose to give up something during Lent, such as coffee or chocolate, Bishop Stika urged people to give instead …

360° of Hope Holiday Luncheon celebrates the virtue of charity

Emily Booker Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, News

The Christmas season and the spirit of charity were celebrated at the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee inaugural 360° of Hope Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 10. The event, held at the Knoxville Marriott, focused on the mission and impact of Catholic Charities. The luncheon’s featured speaker was Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee Women’s Athletic Director Emeritus. The event was titled …

Mass honors men and women in Armed Forces

Emily Booker News

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass honoring veterans and those currently serving in the Armed Forces on Nov. 8 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Bishop Stika told the congregation that we often overlook the people who dedicate their lives to serving their community, especially those in the military. “Veterans Day reminds us of men and women in their uniform, whether drafted …

Knights of Columbus recognized for their continued work at CPOP

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville

Knights of Columbus representing six different councils joined Bishop Richard F. Stika for Mass at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton on Oct. 31. The Mass was in appreciation for the mowing teams who care for the retreat center grounds. More than 65 Knights and their spouses attended. Following the Mass, there was a luncheon. Thanks was given to the mowing …

Bishop statement on Supreme Court same-sex ruling

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 calling for all states to license and recognize same-sex unions. I am disappointed in today’s Supreme Court decision,” Bishop Stika said shortly after the court decision. “Regardless of the ruling, as Catholics and Christians, we will not apologize for our beliefs. The Bible and …

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis environmental encyclical

Jim Wogan News, Pope Francis

Bishop Richard F. Stika spent Thursday afternoon reading over the 191 page encyclical issued by Pope Francis.  Here is Bishop Stika’s statement: “It is with excitement and joy that we have received Laudato Si, the much anticipated encyclical letter on the environment from Pope Francis. Some will try to place the Holy Father’s words into a political framework and limit …

The Laying On of Hands

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Since I wrote about it last week, Deacon Christopher Manning is now Father Christopher Manning, having been ordained to the priesthood-the presbyterate-by Bishop Stika this past Saturday. I regret that I was not able to attend, although Nicole and I had originally planned to do so. I’m praying to be able to attend the ordination of four new transitional deacons …