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 …

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, …

Watch: Bishop’s homily for hope, healing, and rebuilding

Jim Wogan News

Bishop Richard F. Stika asked the faithful attending Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge on Sunday to remember the victims of the wildfires that have claimed at least 14 lives, and destroyed many homes, leaving thousands of people, including some of those at the Mass, homeless.   St. Mary survived last week’s fires, but remains closed.  A …

Bishop to celebrate Mass in Pigeon Forge on Sunday; latest on fire impact and relief efforts

Jim Wogan News

Note: A photo previously attached to this page, in fact, was not a photo from the Gatlinburg-area fires.  We regret the error. On Sunday, Dec. 4, Bishop Richard F. Stika will celebrate 10:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pigeon Forge. Holy Cross sits just a few miles from St. Mary Catholic Church in Gatlinburg, and the devastation …

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.  …

Knoxville Priests Gather for Study Days

Deacon Scott Maentz Priesthood

Please remember to keep my brothers priests and I in prayer this week as we gather for our annual study days. This year we will be joined by Fr. Brendan Moss, OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey who will share some thoughts with us on preaching. Hopefully you will see the fruits of our time away in our homilies this coming …