Christopher Floersh to be ordained on June 3

Jim Wogan News

On June 3, 2017, Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Christoper Floersh to the Holy Priesthood during a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Last month, Deacon Floersh was gracious to answer a few questions about his upcoming ordination in an email exchange with Diocese of Knoxville Communications Director Jim Wogan.   JW: Bishop Stika has ordained a good number of …

Four new priests ordained in Diocese of Knoxville

Jim Wogan Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News, Priesthood

With words of encouragement and a few more on what to expect, Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four new priests into the Diocese of Knoxville on June 27. Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Michael Hendershott, Scott Russell and Ray Powell all received their Holy Orders during the Rite of Ordination and a Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral. “We have four new priests. Last …

Diocese of Knoxville welcomes newest deacon

Bill Brewer Diocese of Knoxville, News, Priesthood, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville welcomed its newest transitional deacon May 30 when seminarian Adam Royal was elevated to holy orders by Bishop Richard F. Stika at St. Stephen Church in Chattanooga. Fellow deacons, priests, family, friends and members of St. Stephen joined Deacon Royal for the Rite of Ordination. In his homily, Bishop Stika reminded Deacon Royal that people from …

Bishop marks 6th anniversary of ordination

Jim Wogan Diocese of Knoxville, News

Breathtaking is the way The Most Rev. Richard F. Stika recalls his reaction to news that he was about to become the third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. “It takes you by surprise. I got the call at around 9:30 at night and I was doing Christmas cards,” the Bishop said remembering the moment he received a phone call …

Q&A: Minimum Age For the Permanent Diaconate

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Vocations

For today’s Catholic Q&A, I happened to find this question buried in our feedback file that I didn’t know was there, and it is one that many men may be asking who might be in the early stages of discerning a call to the permanent diaconate. What is the normal age or Range for the Diaconate? I have called and …

A Change of Scenery

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

As you can see if you are a regular visitor to Life At 25, there has been something of a change of scenery around here, thanks to the technological wizardry of my friends and confrere in diaconate formation Scott Maentz, who takes care of most of our diocesan information technology needs. If you are familiar with our main diocesan site, you know …

Speak Lord, Your Servant Is Listening

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

The Diocese of Knoxville was blessed this past Saturday to ordain three new deacons, Deacon Jesus Guerrero-Rodriguez, Deacon Raymond Powell, and Deacon Scott Russell. These three deacons will, with the help of God, go on to later be ordained priests, adding to the already swelled ranks of the presbyterate in the Diocese of Knoxville. We are blessed that these men …

How To Avoid A Priest Shortage

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Catholic Blogs, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

I recently had a conversation with a former schoolteacher of mine, a good and devout Catholic, wherein we exchanged prayer intentions, for through the blessing of the internet I can interact with former teachers and school friends that I have not otherwise seen in many years. In the course of this conversation, we began to discuss priests and I shared …

Adoration and Ordination

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville, Priesthood, Vocations

Yesterday, I had the great honor to be on Market Square for a public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with many of our active young people from around the Diocese of Knoxville. This adoration took the form of a Eucharistic “flash mob,” whose members came as ordinary people milling about the square, with only the news of what was going …

Slaves for Christ

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

As we continue our series on vocations in the Church at Life At 25, today we’ve come to a vocation that has touched my life in a personal way because I have been called to formation into that vocation, and that reality has played a roll in why I write entries on this diocesan blog. Among those in the Church who …

Christopher Manning ordained into priesthood

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Christopher Manning became the 41st priest ordained in the Diocese of Knoxville June 1 during an ordination Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided and concelebrants included cathedral rector Father David Boettner, vicar general Monsignor Xavier Mankel, Father Marty Zielinski of Mundelein Seminary. Also concelebrating were Father Bob Hofstetter and Father Pat …

For the Glory of God and the Good of Souls

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

There will be a priestly ordination in the Diocese of Knoxville this coming Saturday, June 1st. Deacon Christopher Manning will be ordained to the priesthood at 11:00am at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville. If the present crop of seminarians is any indication, Deacon Christopher will be the first of several such ordinations in the years ahead, God willing. I know …

The Ordination of a Deacon and Communio

Scott Maentz Vocations

This past Saturday Bishop Stika ordained Arthur Torres Barona as a transitional deacon for the Diocese of Knoxville. The ordination took place at St. Mary Church in Johnson City where Deacon Torres Barona will be serving. The following is a slideshow of photos I shot during the ordination Mass and at the reception that followed. You can also find all …