Bishop opposes Bible verse removal at KPD

Jim Wogan News

Always an outspoken defender of religious freedom and the free expression of Christian beliefs, Bishop Richard F. Stika voiced his opposition Wednesday to the forced removal of a biblical passage that has been present inside the headquarters of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. “Yet again, we have evidence of how our religious freedom is increasingly being eroded in our …

Blue Mass celebrated for area law enforcement, fire fighters, rescue units

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

Father David A. Boettner, rector at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated a Blue Mass in recognition of Knoxville area law enforcement, fire fighters and first response emergency crews on April 24, 2016.   During the Mass, Fr. Boettner thanked the public servants for their bravery, service and sacrifice.  Father Boettner represented Bishop Richard F. Stika as …

Blood drive to aid ailing KPD officer, Immaculate Conception parishioner

Jim Wogan News, Uncategorized

The Knoxville Police Department is sponsoring a blood drive for Immaculate Conception parishioner Jeff Stiles, who is a captain with the KPD and is battling cancer. Capt. Stiles, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in May and continues his courageous fight to beat the disease, currently is undergoing daily treatment in Nashville. A special blood drive conducted by the Medic …

Diocese presents police department with St. Michael the Archangel statue

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Knoxville Police Department is now in possession of a statue of the patron protector of police officers — courtesy of Bishop Richard F. Stika and the Diocese of Knoxville. Bishop Stika on Feb. 27 presented the 3-foot-tall metal likeness of St. Michael the Archangel to Police Chief David Rausch, Deputy Chief Gary Holliday, who is Support Services Division commander, …