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Bishop Richard Stika is joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Father David Boettner, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and other for ceremonial groundbreaking on April 19, 2015

Bishop Richard Stika is joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Father David Boettner, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and others, for ceremonial groundbreaking on April 19, 2015

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.

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Architectural artist rendering of new Sacred Heart Cathedral

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.

 

New Videos

January 2017- Braving the Cold

November 2016- Gilding the Cross


October 2016- Governor Haslam Visit

October 2016- A View on the Inside

 

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September 2016

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June 2016

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April 2016

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Anniversary of Groundbreaking

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Video Gallery

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