Homily for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Sirach 27:4-7 1 Corinthians 15:54-58 Luke 6:39-45 Our first reading from the Book of Sirach today tells us “as the test of what the potter molds is in the furnace, so in tribulation is the test of the just.” In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “a disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully …

Homily for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Jeremiah 38:4-6, 8-10 Hebrews 12:1-4 Luke 12:49-53       People didn’t care very much for what the Prophet Jeremiah had to say. He was telling people that unless they repented, Jerusalem was going to fall and the people of Judah would be taken into captivity by the Babylonians. This was going to happen, Jeremiah said, because people refused to …

Bishop Stika ordains new deacons for Diocese of Knoxville

Emily Booker Diocese of Knoxville, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained 23 men into the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Knoxville on Sat., June 11 at Sacred Heart Cathedral.   This is only the second class of permanent deacons to be ordained in the diocese.  The first class of deacons were ordained in 2009.  Deacon Tim Elliott, a member of that class, is the director …

Thoughts of a Lector

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

The men of our diocesan diaconate formation class were formally installed as Lectors by Bishop Stika on Saturday evening at the Vigil Mass at All Saints in West Knoxville on Saturday evening. As was done when we were made Candidates (and will be done again when we are made Acolytes and will later, God willing, be ordained) we all answered …

The Ordination of a Deacon and Communio

Scott Maentz Vocations

This past Saturday Bishop Stika ordained Arthur Torres Barona as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Knoxville. The ordination took place at St. Mary Church in Johnson City where Deacon Torres Barona will be serving. The following is a slideshow of photos I shot during the ordination Mass and at the reception that followed. You can also find all …