Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrates Red Mass

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali presided at the diocese’s annual Red Mass, celebrating a special liturgy for members of the legal profession, on Oct. 4 at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Knoxville. Five judges and a number of attorneys attended the liturgy. Cardinal Rigali wore red vestments, the color representing the Holy Spirit, for the Mass, which is a centuries-old tradition in …

Diocese of Knoxville marks 27th anniversary

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

“What do we do now?” In marking the Diocese of Knoxville’s 27th anniversary on Sept. 8, Bishop Richard F. Stika recalled when he welcomed Cardinal Justin Rigali to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1994. After being formally introduced as the seventh archbishop of St. Louis, then-Archbishop Rigali turned to then-Father Stika and asked those very words. Fondly remembering the …

Cardinal Rigali celebrates Marriage Mass

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Marriage Enrichment, News

As Pope Francis prepares for his first visit to the United States to preside at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and the Catholic Church focuses attention on the sacredness of the family, Cardinal Justin Rigali celebrated the Diocese of Knoxville’s first marriage Mass of 2015 on Aug. 29 at Notre Dame Church in Greeneville, where a number of …

Cardinal Rigali, Mike Wills invested into Order of the Fleur de Lis

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, News

Cardinal Justin Rigali and Mike Wills, a parishioner at All Saints Catholic Church in Knoxville, were among 14 men invested into the Order of the Fleur de Lis during a ceremony at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga on Aug. 22. The Order of the Fleur de Lis is a non-profit organization of Catholic men incorporated under the laws of Louisiana …

Bishop Johnston celebrates anniversary Mass at Holy Ghost

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop James Vann Johnston Jr. returned home June 30. The seven-year bishop of Springfield–Cape Girardeau, Mo., celebrated Mass at Holy Ghost Parish in Knoxville to mark his 25th anniversary in the priesthood. Holy Ghost is Bishop Johnston’s home in many ways. He was baptized and confirmed there and later served as an associate pastor at the North Knoxville church. Bishop …

Four new priests ordained in Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News, Priesthood

With words of encouragement and a few more on what to expect, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Knoxville on June 27. Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Michael Hendershott, Scott Russell and Ray Powell all received their Holy Orders during the Rite of Ordination and a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We have four new priests. Last …

Cardinal Dolan is keynote speaker at Following Jesus Conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer Cardinal Timothy Dolan led the Diocese of Knoxville’s Following Jesus Conference April 18 at All Saints Church, focusing on Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis as different but important examples for following Christ. (Note: audio recordings of the Following Jesus Conference are available on the Catholic Radio Knoxville page) In describing Saint John Paul II, …

Laughs, stories plentiful at A Conversation with the Cardinals

Bill Brewer Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer It was a fire side chat for the ages – at least for the Diocese of Knoxville ages – when Bishop Richard F. Stika emceed an insightful and often lighthearted discussion by three of the universal Catholic Church’s leaders – Cardinals Justin Rigali, William Levada and Timothy Dolan – at the Tennessee Theatre on April 18. A …

Ground broken for new Sacred Heart Cathedral

Dan McWilliams Cathedral, Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Parishes

By Dan McWilliams The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus family saw one of its brightest days April 19 as ground was broken on a new cathedral to replace the 59-year-old structure that has been the home parish for the Diocese of Knoxville since 1988. The day fell on Cardinal Justin Rigali’s 80th birthday, and the prince of the …

Bishop marks 6th anniversary of ordination

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Breathtaking is the way The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika recalls his reaction to news that he was about to become the third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. “It takes you by surprise. I got the call at around 9:30 at night and I was doing Christmas cards,” the Bishop said remembering the moment he received a phone call …

Diocesan faithful join Cardinal Rigali at Rosary for Life

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

By Bill Brewer Cardinal Justin Rigali was joined by more than 250 Catholic faithful Jan. 10 in front of Planned Parenthood’s East Knoxville clinic for the annual Rosary for Life. Cardinal Rigali led the prayer service on the sidewalk in front of the clinic at 710 N. Cherry Street, one of two abortion facilities in Knoxville. In the Diocese of …

Facility for St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic dedicated

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, Health, News

The St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic now has a permanent residence – a 40-by-60-foot warehouse that can house the mobile clinic when it isn’t on the road delivering free medical care to those in need across East Tennessee. The facility was dedicated Nov. 13, with Cardinal Justin Rigali blessing the building located on the Church of Divine Mercy campus at 10919 …

Cathedral hosting Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is hosting a Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe from Oct. 9 to 19. Coming from Mexico on a pilgrimage throughout the United States, the image was received by diocesan members Thursday Oct. 9, at a solemn Mass celebrated by Cardinal Justin Rigali and concelebrated by cathedral rector and vicar general …

Diocese closes silver jubilee year with homecoming celebration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams The Diocese of Knoxville concluded its silver jubilee year on Sept. 13 with a daylong homecoming celebration that attracted some 750 to 1,000 people who enjoyed fun, games, food, music, and an outdoor Mass celebrated by Bishop Richard F. Stika. Parishioners of all ages from across the diocese gathered on the grounds of Knoxville Catholic High School …