Rite of Election ceremonies held for Diocese of Knoxville

Bill Brewer Christian Formation

Rite of Election ceremonies were held March 4 and March 5 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus as Bishop Richard F. Stika welcomed many of the 222 people who will enter the Church in the Diocese of Knoxville at Easter Vigil. The diocese will receive 166 candidates and 56 catechumens at Easter Vigil services at parishes in …

Newcomers to the Church take part in annual Rite of Election

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, News

Bishop Richard F. Stika greeted more than 100 newcomers to the Catholic Church on Feb. 13 in the Rite of Election ceremony for the Chattanooga and Five Rivers deaneries held at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. A total of 268 catechumens and candidates from all four deaneries will be coming into the Church at this year’s Easter Vigil, said …

Pray For the Elect During Lent

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25

Lent is a time when the Church asks us to consider our lives and amend them, “giving up” those things which are an impediment to our relationship to Christ and “adding” or “doing” those things, in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will enrich our relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church. We are called during this time to journey with …

Diocese holds Rite of Election ceremony

Dan McWilliams Catholic Church, Lent, News

This year the Diocese of Knoxville’s plans were to have two Rite of Election ceremonies at Sacred Heart Cathedral on the first weekend of Lent, with two deaneries participating Feb. 21 and the other two Feb. 22. In previous years four Rites of Election were held, one in each deanery, with two ceremonies on Saturday and two on Sunday. But …

Diocese of Knoxville ranks high in U.S. study on converts

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

The rest of the country is learning something Diocese of Knoxville priests and parishioners already know – adults are joining the Church in ever increasing numbers. A report issued by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University just before Easter said the diocese is tied with the dioceses of Memphis and Lexington, Ky., in the …

Some 240 faithful take part in diocesan Rites of Election

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

By Dan McWilliams More than 200 soon-to-be Catholics participated in this year’s Rite of Election of Catechumens and Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates, an important step on their journey to joining the Church. “There were roughly 240 combined—catechumens and candidates,” said Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, RSM, director of the diocesan Office of Christian Formation. “It’s maybe 10 less than …

Future Catholics participate in Rite of Election ceremonies

Dan McWilliams Lent, News

A total of 300 future Catholics took part in the annual Rite of Election ceremonies held around the diocese on the first weekend of Lent. Bishop Richard F. Stika presided at each of the four deanery rites. Accompanying him was Sister Mary Timothea Elliott, director of Christian Formation for the diocese. “I just want to welcome you to the Church,” …