Cathedral construction reaches halfway point

Bill Brewer Cathedral, News

“Jesus, I trust in you.” Those words were never more appropriate than when Bishop Richard F. Stika strapped on a safety harness, climbed into a mechanical boom lift, and was hoisted 14 stories above ground to inscribe “Iesu Confido in Te” on a steel beam forming the dome of the new Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In placing …

Bishop Stika blesses cross, crowns new cathedral in topping off ceremony

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika marked a milestone in the history of the Diocese of Knoxville when he ascended to the front peak of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral and placed an American Flag, a papal flag, and a ceremonial Christmas tree on the structure.  The “topping off” ceremony, which marked the completion of the steel frame, was witnessed by Cardinal Justin …

Bishop rises to new heights in cathedral event dress rehearsal

Jim Wogan Cathedral, News

In something akin to a test flight, Bishop Richard F. Stika rode nearly 130 feet to the top of the new Sacred Heart Cathedral in a Genie boom-lift on Thursday, a preliminary step in plans for an even bigger event in August. “Next month we plan to cap off the construction of the steel by planting an American flag, a Papal flag, …

Drilling begins, Sacred Heart Cathedral to be built on rock

Jim Wogan Cathedral, Diocese of Knoxville, News, Uncategorized

The symbolism of the day can’t be denied. Two thousand years ago, Jesus told St. Peter “Upon this rock, I will build my church.” The Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus continue to carry out that command, literally. On a cool and rainy day, workers from Merit Construction positioned a heavy rig into place, and began the …

Site work begins in preparation of new Sacred Heart Cathedral construction

Jim Wogan News

It’s a very necessary first step. Before construction can begin on the new Sacred Heart Cathedral, site work needs to be completed and that process started in conspicuous fashion on March 16. Merit Construction used heavy equipment to begin clearing property for the placement of a new bridge and driveway that will be used by the public during the actual …