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Homily for the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

1 Kings 19:9A, 11-13A Romans 9:1-5 Matthew 14:22-33   The prophet Elijah begins our readings today by going to Mount Horeb, also called Mount Sinai, and one of the things that we don’t see in that passage (merely because of where the text today begins) is the reality that Elijah is fleeing to the “mountain of God” in fear of ...
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Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz to attend cathedral Dedication Mass in March

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a longtime Vatican official and the loyal secretary and dear friend to Pope St. John Paul II from 1966 until his death in 2005, has accepted an invitation to attend the Dedication Mass for the Diocese of Knoxville’s Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on March 3, 2018. ...
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Diocese distributes nearly $369,000 to assist wildfire victims

Bishop Richard F. Stika today announced that the Diocese of Knoxville has distributed $368,906.79 to victims of the deadly and destructive wildfires that swept through the Gatlinburg area of East Tennessee in November. “Because of the love and generosity of people across East Tennessee and beyond, the Diocese of Knoxville is able to assist families who have been struggling to ...
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Bishop opposes Bible verse removal at KPD

Always an outspoken defender of religious freedom and the free expression of Christian beliefs, Bishop Richard F. Stika voiced his opposition Wednesday to the forced removal of a biblical passage that has been present inside the headquarters of the Knoxville Police Department since 1969. “Yet again, we have evidence of how our religious freedom is increasingly being eroded in our ...
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Father Doug Owens named new vicar general for the Diocese of Knoxville

Bishop Richard F. Stika has appointed Father Doug Owens, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Lenoir City, as the Diocese of Knoxville’s newest vicar general and moderator of the curia. Father Owens succeeds the late Monsignor Xavier Mankel as one of two vicars general serving the diocese, joining Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most ...
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2017 diocesan Ministries Day is Aug. 19

The Office of Christian Formation is sponsoring a Ministries Day on Saturday, Aug. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at All Saints Church in Knoxville. This event is open to all who share the Catholic Faith, including parents, student youth leaders, coordinators of youth ministry, RCIA Teams, adult educators, liturgy and ministry teams, DREs, and catechists and assistants. More ...
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Homily for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Homily   2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16A Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Matthew 10-37-42   Today we are reminded afresh by Jesus in the Gospel just what the cost of discipleship truly is. When He tells us that those who love father or mother, son or daughter more than Him are not worthy of Him, He is not telling us not to love ...
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SEPI graduates recognized as missionary disciples

On June 25 Cardinal Rigali celebrated Mass at St. Dominic Church in Kingsport and marked the occasion of graduation of SEPI (Southeastern Pastoral Institute) School of Ministries Level II in the Five Rivers Deanery. About 50 parish leaders received graduation certificates from the Diocese of Knoxville and from SEPI for having completed 150 hours of catechetical formation. In his homily, ...
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Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel, instrumental in founding of diocese, dies at 81

Bishop Richard F. Stika has announced that Monsignor Francis Xavier Mankel, a priest whose leadership was instrumental in helping establish the Diocese of Knoxville nearly thirty years ago, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 81. Monsignor Mankel had been battling health issues in recent months and passed away at his home in Knoxville.   Monsignor Mankel’s service to ...
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