A Brief Reflection On Jeff Emitt’s Entry Into Eternal Life

David Oatney Blog: Life at 25, Diocese of Knoxville

In the wee hours of this morning I happened to see a Facebook post from Bishop Stika that he had been at the hospital visiting Jeff Emitt, a seminarian of the Diocese of Knoxville, and that Jeff was in his final hours, and that he would likely “return to the Father” within a very short time. The Bishop later posted …

Thoughts On the Bishop’s Appeal

David Oatney Diocese of Knoxville, Vocations

Some of you might have heard your pastor make an announcement in your parish this weekend about the Bishop’s Appeal, the annual campaign of the Diocese of Knoxville to raise funds for diocesan-wide projects, missions, and charities. It is very easy to listen to the pitch for the Bishop’s Appeal and simply think “oh great, another plea for more money.” …

Knights of Columbus raise funds for diocese

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Stewardship

Bishop Richard F. Stika received two checks totaling more than $10,000 from the Knights of Columbus on Nov. 1 in the Our Lady of the Mountains Chapel at the Chancery office in Knoxville. Making the presentations were Mike Wills, supreme director of the Knights; Tracy Staller, state treasurer; and Ron Henry and Hank McCormick, Knights of Columbus field agents for …

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 …

Seminarians ordained into diaconate

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Vocations

Calling it “a great and historic day for the Diocese of Knoxville,” Bishop Richard F. Stika ordained four men to the transitional diaconate June 22 at Sacred Heart Cathedral. Colin Blatchford, Tony Budnick, Julian Cardona, and Adam Kane all received holy orders in the Mass. It was the diocese’s second four-person ordination and first in nearly 20 years. On Nov. …

Pentecost is Coming, and the Diocese Is On Fire

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

Three days ago the National Catholic Register ran a story by Stephen Beale about the increasing numbers of Catholics in the South, and how our faith, which was once alien in this part of the country, is becoming the increasing norm. Indeed, the article rightly pointed out that our brothers and sisters in Northern dioceses and in many places on the …

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 …