Thanks to the generosity of Catholics across East Tennessee and elsewhere, construction on the first cathedral ever built in the Diocese of Knoxville is underway. The earth started moving on April 19, 2015 when Bishop Richard F. Stika, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Father David Boettner, and Catholic leaders like Cardinal Timothy Dolan, were joined by state and local dignitaries– including Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, to turn dirt in a ceremonial groundbreaking.
Since then, the new Cathedral has started to take shape. First, with basic but important site work that included a massive effort to move an entire hillside and turn it into a solid foundation. Later, 111 concrete piers were drilled some 35-40 feet into Tennessee bedrock. The piers will act as the foundation for the sacred structure. As the steel rises, St. John Paul II’s vision will take shape– a diocese he created in 1988, that used a small parish church as its seat for almost 30 years, will soon have a new home. Parishioners across our diocese will have a new place to worship– and a symbol of Christ’s presence in East Tennessee will shine for centuries to come.
January 2017- Braving the Cold
November 2016- Gilding the Cross
October 2016- Governor Haslam Visit
October 2016- A View on the Inside
Anniversary of Groundbreaking
September 2016- Dome Windows Rise
August 2016- Who wears the hard hats?
July 2016- Dome Construction Timelapse
May 2016- Take a Ride Upstairs
April 2016- The Steel Rises
April 2016- Aerial view of construction site
March 2016- Construction update
February 2016- Down the hole
April 2015- Aerial view of construction site
April 2015- Bishop Stika construction update
April 19, 2015- Groundbreaking Ceremony/Mass