Assassination attempt, legacy of John Paul II among topics at Conversation with the Cardinals on March 4

Jim Wogan News

On May 13, 1981, Pope John Paul II entered St. Peter’s Square standing inside an uncovered white jeep being driven through a crowd of people gathered to witness his weekly public appearance. Riding inside the same jeep, and sitting directly behind the Holy Father, was Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, then a priest-secretary to the pope. Within minutes of entering the square, …

Vatican ambassador to the U.S. to participate in Cathedral dedication and Conversation with the Cardinals

Jim Wogan News

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s official diplomatic ambassador to the United States, will be among the prelates to participate in the Mass and Rite of Dedication of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, and will also join other prestigious Catholic leaders at the Conversation with the Cardinals hosted by Bishop Richard F. Stika at …

Cardinal Dziwisz among prelates to attend Mass of Dedication; Conversation with the Cardinals

Jim Wogan News

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, former secretary to Pope St. John Paul II and Archbishop of Krakow, Poland, will play a prominent role in Masses and special events surrounding the dedication of the new Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tenn., the weekend of March 2-4. Cardinal Dziwisz will be traveling from Poland to participate in the celebration …

Homily for the Vigil Mass of Christmas

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Isaiah 62:1-5 Acts 13:16-17, 22-25 Matthew 1:18-25 Tonight’s readings for the Vigil Mass of Christmas give us a small glimpse into the dilemma in which St. Joseph almost certainly found himself. Doubtless we can reasonably assume that when Mary told Joseph that she was with child and that an angel came to her and informed her that she was going …

Bishop Stika congratulates new Nashville bishop

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika is offering his congratulations to the new Bishop-elect of the Diocese of Nashville, Father J. Mark Spalding. “I welcome Bishop-elect J. Mark Spalding to the state of Tennessee. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis has made an excellent choice to lead the Diocese of Nashville and I look forward to working with him …

Bishop Stika announces disaster relief distributions

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced distributions for recent collections to assist hurricane and earthquake victims in the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico. Through the generosity of its 51 parishes and mission churches, the Diocese of Knoxville raised more than $400,000 through a series of special collections that were initiated in late August and continued through late September. “This …

Homily for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Isaiah 55:6-9 Philippians 1:20C-24, 27A Matthew 14:22-33   Many of our separated brothers and sisters will repeat the falsehood that the Church teaches that we are “saved by works,” while some people (including not a few poorly catechized Catholics that I’ve encountered over the years) seem to believe that our works do not matter at all. We are reminded in …

Christopher Floersh to be ordained on June 3

Jim Wogan News

On June 3, 2017, Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Christoper Floersh to the Holy Priesthood during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Last month, Deacon Floersh was gracious to answer a few questions about his upcoming ordination in an email exchange with Diocese of Knoxville Communications Director Jim Wogan.   JW: Bishop Stika has ordained a good number of …

Father Randy Stice appointed to position with USCCB

Jim Wogan News

Father Randy Stice, director of the Office of Worship and Liturgy for the Diocese of Knoxville since 2009, has been appointed associate director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, effective July 1, 2017. The Secretariat of Divine Worship carries out work for the USCCB in areas relating to the preparation and approval of …

St. Mary’s Clinic goes to Gatlinburg

Jim Wogan Health, News

Several weeks after deadly wildfires swept through East Tennessee in late 2016, it became obvious to Sister Mariana Koonce, RSM, MD, that it was time to bring the Diocese of Knoxville’s mobile medical mission to residents living in Gatlinburg and surrounding communities. Photo Gallery: (photos by Emily Booker) On April 27, after several months of investigation and planning, Sister Mariana, …

Bishop Stika: Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for parishes, mission churches

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has declared Dec. 17-18 as a Weekend of Grace and Gratitude for all parishes and mission churches in the Diocese of Knoxville for their “historic response” to the recent Home campaign which raised nearly $45 million for parish and diocesan initiatives. “I knew this would be a tremendous challenge.  I also knew that together we’d be …

Parishes preparing to launch V Encuentro

Bill Brewer News

National program’s focus is to strengthen cultural communities, identify and develop more lay leaders    At Pope Francis’ urging, the Catholic Church is embarking on a four-year program to create a culture of encounter that calls on all Catholics to share their heritage with each other, remove barriers to growing closer as brothers and sisters, and build bridges to achieve …

Diocese raises more than $200,000 for fire victims

Jim Wogan News

The Diocese of Knoxville has raised more than $200,000 to assist victims of deadly and destructive wildfires that recently swept through several communities in East Tennessee, including Gatlinburg and other areas in Sevier County. In figures released today, parishes and mission churches in the diocese raised $151,000 through special collections on the weekend of Dec. 3-4.  That figure is expected …

Homily for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

The 34th and Final Sunday of Ordinary Time, and of the Year of Grace 2016 Homily 2 Sam 5-1-3 Colossians 1:20-20 Luke 23:25-43   An internet meme that was circulating several weeks back contained a picture of Jesus Christ the King and it said “no matter who is elected President, Jesus Christ is still the King.” Never have we needed …