Diocesan In-Service Day begins school year

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Schools

By Dan McWilliams and Sedonna Prater Nearly 300 teachers and administrators from East Tennessee Catholic schools took part in the annual Diocesan In-Service on Aug. 8 at Knoxville Catholic High School. Bishop Richard F. Stika began the program with a keynote address in the KCHS gym. The day fell on the feast of St. Dominic, which was appropriate, the bishop …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the basilica effective Nov. 26. Monsignor Schmidt—who had been the longest-serving pastor …

The Table of Plenty

David Oatney Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve used the ordination of Father Christopher Manning to help illustrate both the importance of the Sacrament of Holy Orders to the life of the Church as a whole, but also the role that ordained priests and deacons are playing in the growth of the Church in East Tennessee. When I last posted about …

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 …

Christopher Manning ordained into priesthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Christopher Manning became the 41st priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville June 1 during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided and concelebrants included cathedral rector Father David Boettner, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Marty Zielinski of Mundelein Seminary. Also concelebrating were Father Bob Hofstetter and Father Pat …