Bishop celebrates funeral Mass for Lourdes Garza

Jim Wogan Hispanic, News

Lourdes Garza, a nationally respected Hispanic ministries director for the Diocese of Knoxville, was remembered as a faithful and loyal servant of Jesus during her funeral Mass celebrated on July 15 at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. Ms. Garza recently died after a lengthy and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Bishop Richard F. Stika, of the Diocese of Knoxville, celebrated …

Students complete Catholic Bible school, earn certificates

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, Diocese of Knoxville, Hispanic, News, Offices

Bishop Richard F. Stika presented certificates May 2 to more than 75 Diocese of Knoxville parishioners who successfully completed a four-year Catholic Bible study program sponsored by the diocese’s Hispanic Ministry office. Some 90 Catholics took part in the intensive study program, which began in 2011. The students were required to attend a full day of study one Saturday each …

Vote for Lourdes Garza, Catholic Extension Lumen Christi Award nominee

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News, Offices

Lourdes Garza, director of the Office of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Knoxville, has been nominated for Catholic Extension’s 2014 Lumen Christi Award.  You can help support Lourdes Garza by voting on the Catholic Extension Facebook page. Share this link with others in the Diocese of Knoxville and encourage them to also vote for Lourdes Garza. Here’s how to vote: “Like” the …

Celebration of Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Hispanic, News

A mix of religiosity and Mexican tradition By Lourdes Garza As Catholics, it is important to understand the origin and meaning of the celebrations that will be taking place in the following days. Halloween (October 31), All Saints Day (November 1), and All Souls Day and Day of the Dead (November 2). It is important for us to understand their …

Seminarians gather for annual retreat

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Diocesan seminarians took part in their annual retreat Aug. 5-7 at Christ Prince of Peace Retreat Center in Benton. Eighteen of the diocese’s 23 seminarians were able to attend. “It’s an annual gathering, and really the main purpose is to bring the seminarians together for a couple of days of prayer,” said Father Michael Cummins, the diocesan vocation director. “They’re …

Latino Awards recognizes diocesan leaders

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

The Diocese of Knoxville was well represented in Centro Hispano de East Tennessee’s first Latino Awards, with Hispanic Ministry Director Lourdes Garza, Holy Ghost Church member and volunteer Jose Luis Santiago, and Knoxville businessman and St. John Neumann parishioner Santiago Cuccarese receiving honors for their work in the Hispanic community. Ms. Garza received the Spirit of Inspiration award, given in …