Diocese distributes nearly $369,000 to assist wildfire victims

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika today announced that the Diocese of Knoxville has distributed $368,906.79 to victims of the deadly and destructive wildfires that swept through the Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee in November. “Because of the love and generosity of people across East Tennessee and beyond, the Diocese of Knoxville is able to assist families who have been struggling to …

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 …

Update from Bishop Stika on Gatlinburg fire impact, ways to help victims

Jim Wogan News

Nov. 30 Update: It appears that St. Mary Church in Gatlinburg suffered no fire damage. The extent of any smoke or wind damage cannot be determined until officials reopen the roads into Gatlinburg.  The Catholic community of East Tennessee continues to pray for those who have been affected by the terrible wildfires in Gatlinburg and other communities across the region.  …

Statement from Bishop Stika on Gatlinburg fires and St. Mary Catholic Church

Jim Wogan News

Please join me in praying for the people of Gatlinburg and surrounding areas, and for all of the emergency crews fighting the fires and leading the evacuation of residents and visitors. I also ask for prayers for the protection of our Catholic church, which lies in the heart of the Gatlinburg. I have been in contact with the pastor at …