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 …

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 …

CCETN administrative offices back under one roof

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News

The administrative offices of Catholic Charities of East Tennessee are now under one roof again – and there is now more room at Catholic Charities’ Samaritan Place shelter for homeless seniors. Bishop Richard F. Stika on Feb. 5 blessed the new CCETN offices at 119 Dameron Ave. in North Knoxville and offered prayers for the continued positive impact the agency …

Divine Mercy becomes Diocese of Knoxville’s 49th parish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News

The Church of Divine Mercy became the Diocese of Knoxville’s 49h parish on Nov. 23 when Bishop Richard F. Stika elevated the church’s status during a special Mass. Bishop Stika and Deacon Sean Smith, the diocese’s chancellor, signed the decrees at the altar during Mass establishing the Divine Mercy Parish. The parish serves Vietnamese members of the East Tennessee Catholic …

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 …

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta community is diocese’s newest parish

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Bill Brewer The Diocese of Knoxville is now 48 parishes strong after Bishop Richard F. Stika elevated Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Mission in Maynardville during a special Mass on Sept. 5. Bishop Stika, giving a homily in Blessed Teresa’s temporary facility in a storefront along Highway 33, praised parishioners for working to build the Union County Catholic community …

Diocese of Knoxville well represented at canonization Mass

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Among the hundreds of thousands of Catholic faithful in St. Peter’s Square on Divine Mercy Sunday to witness history as Popes John XXIII and John Paul II received sainthood were a group of parishioners from the Diocese of Knoxville led by Bishop Richard F. Stika and Cardinal Justin Rigali. The 14 diocesan members, which included Father Charlie Donahue, CSP, pastor …

Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful to meet with their legislators and advocate …