Meeting Saint Teresa of Kolkata

Jim Wogan News, Year of Mercy

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Bishop Richard F. Stika, Father Richard Armstrong, and Sister Timothea Elliott, RSM have all met Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Mother Teresa was elevated to sainthood in a Mass of Canonization celebrated by Pope Francis in Rome on Sunday, Sept. 4. In this video, each of them reflect on Saint Teresa’s impact and mission. The Diocese of Knoxville …

Father Ragan Schriver honored at Emerald O’ccasion

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholic Charities of East Tennessee’s 29th annual fundraising dinner was indeed an Emerald O’ccasion as some 500 supporters of the social-service agency joined in celebrating former executive director Father Ragan Schriver. The 2014 event, held March 13 at the Knoxville Marriott hotel, was planned as a tribute to Father Schriver, who completed his service leading Catholic Charities Nov. 30. Catholic …

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 …

Catholic Day on the Hill issues include school vouchers, immigration

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams NASHVILLE — School vouchers were a popular subject in meetings Bishop Richard F. Stika and Memphis Bishop J. Terry Steib, SVD, had with Gov. Bill Haslam and legislators at the 17th annual Catholic Day on the Hill in Nashville. Catholic Day on the Hill offers a chance for the faithful to meet with their legislators and advocate …

Catholic Schools Week celebrates communities of faith, knowledge, service

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Knoxville showcased the talents of students, faculty and parents who exhibited flairs in a variety of areas—from singing, dancing and playing instruments, to fashion design, cooking and even stand-up comedy. And there were volleyball, basketball and dodge ball feats thrown in for good measure. The diocese’s 10 schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. …

Basilica, Sevier churches, Catholic Charities see assignment changes

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

By Dan McWilliams Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced several assignment changes for the Diocese of Knoxville. Due to health concerns with Monsignor George Schmidt, pastor of the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga since 1986, Bishop Stika has appointed Father David Carter parochial administrator of the basilica effective Nov. 26. Monsignor Schmidt—who had been the longest-serving pastor …

Bioethics is focus of Diocese of Knoxville health care conference

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Health, News

Advancements in medicine that have leapfrogged existing standard care practices, especially in reproductive science, are putting a premium on the view that “just because we could, doesn’t mean we should.” That was the assessment of Dr. Marie T. Hilliard, director of bioethics and public policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk, director of education at the …

Diocese of Knoxville dedicates St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News

After more than a year of planning and anticipation, the Diocese of Knoxville dedicated the region’s newest mobile medical clinic Sept. 11 during a ceremony attended by diocesan partners and community supporters. Bishop Richard F. Stika blessed the St. Mary’s Legacy Clinic, a 40-foot-long family doctor’s office on wheels, which was dedicated as diocesan and community leaders cut the ceremonial …

A fond farewell for Sister Janice

Stephanie Richer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

If the suggestion of retirement is music to your ears, then for Sister Mary Janice Brink, RSM, it will be played by a dulcimer. After 43 years of ministry, Sister Janice is retiring and relocating to the Sisters of Mercy Convent in Nashville. When asked what she planned to do in Nashville, Sister Janice said she looked forward to having …

Neophytes are officially sent into the diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, Christian Formation, News

A journey of faith for 318 catechumens and candidates that was celebrated at the Easter Vigil through baptism and confirmation officially began Sunday with The Sending of the Neophytes Mass at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated the Mass and presided at the service, where the newest members of the Catholic Church in …