Bishop Stika lifts veil on Jubilee of Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Saints, Year of Mercy

Bishop Richard F. Stika lifted the veil on the Jubilee of Mercy in the Diocese of Knoxville on Dec. 6 as he celebrated Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy in Knoxville, where he introduced the special year established by Pope Francis. The Jubilee of Mercy officially begins on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and continues through …

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 …

Confirmation and first Communion at Divine Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika has been giving the sacrament of confirmation at nearly every Diocese of Knoxville parish this spring. The sacrament was especially eagerly anticipated at one church, which held its first Mass of confirmation and first holy Communion. Divine Mercy Catholic Mission celebrated milestones for 21 of its youngest members June 15 as nine teens were confirmed and …

Handmaids of the Precious Blood celebrate historic anniversary

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

By Stephanie Richer A year isn’t a long period of time. But for the Handmaids of the Precious Blood, it has brought about an entirely new chapter of life. On May 6, Bishop Richard F. Stika, accompanied by fellow priests Father Jerry Daniels, Father PJ McGinnity, and Father Hoan Dinh, celebrated a Mass of thanksgiving to mark the first year …

Bishop Stika dedicates Church of Divine Mercy

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Knoxville’s Vietnamese Catholic community turned out in full for the dedication of a church of its own Nov. 17. Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the Church of the Divine Mercy before an audience that included 10 priests, a number of religious sisters, Chancery staffers, and a standing-room-only gathering of Divine Mercy faithful. The Divine Mercy Catholic Mission …

Diocese preparing for Church of Divine Mercy dedication

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Parishes

One of the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest missions will have its first church dedicated on Nov. 17 to serve the growing Vietnamese Catholic community and diocese parishioners, priests and deacons are invited. Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate the dedication Mass at the Church of Divine Mercy, located at 10919 Carmichael Road in West Knoxville. Father Hoan Dinh, Divine Mercy …