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Bishop Stika announces priest retirements and new pastoral assignments

Bishop Richard F. Stika is pleased to announce the following information regarding priest retirements and new pastoral assignments. These retirements and new pastoral assignments will be effective July 1, 2018: Msgr. Patrick Garrity is retiring from full-time priestly ministry.  Msgr. Garrity will remain as Vicar for Priests, Chairman of the Clergy Materials Concern Committee and member of the Priest Benefit ...
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Tennessee Chaplains Support the 278th at the National Training Center

By: Staff Sgt. Timothy Cordeiro, 118th Mobile Public Affairs FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Lt. Col. Gary Anderson, the Battalion Chaplain for the Tennessee National Guard’s 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, believes that the Chaplain Corps is much more important to the military than most people realize. Anderson, a Lawrenceburg, Tenn. native, is now on his twenty-seventh year of Army service ...
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Bishop Stika celebrates Mass for KDCCW

Bishop Richard F. Stika celebrated Mass for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on April 26. Concelebrants were Father Dan Whitman, Father Michael Woods, and Father Joe Brando. Deacon Gary Saga was Deacon of the Word. The bishop thanked the women for all of the work that they do in ...
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Homily for the Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4:8-12 1 John 3:1-2 John 10:11-18 The Fourth Sunday of Easter on the Church’s calendar is often called “Good Shepherd Sunday” because this is the Gospel we hear on this day, the Good News that Jesus is the Good Shepherd who loves His sheep, even to the point of laying down His life for them. Jesus uses the analogy ...
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Bishop Stika, Father Boettner dedicate Blessed Virgin Mary altar

Bishop Richard F. Stika and Father David Boettner, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and a vicar general for the diocese, dedicated the Blessed Virgin Mary altar in the new cathedral on April 9, the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Also, the new painting of Our Lady of Guadalupe was hung on the south wall of ...
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Declaración del Obispo Stika sobre detenciones de inmigrantes; se extiende gracias a aquellos que han apoyado a las familias

El Obispo Richard F. Stika, quien el viernes comenzó una serie de celebraciones Eucarísticas, durante todo el mes para ofrecer el Sacramento de la Confirmación a más de 1,700 jóvenes en la Diócesis de Knoxville, emitió la siguiente declaración sobre los esfuerzos diocesanos para ayudar a las familias después del ataque del gobierno el día jueves 5 de este mes ...
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Bishop Stika statement on immigrant arrests; extends thanks to those who have supported families

Leer en Español Bishop Richard F. Stika, who on Friday began a month-long series of Mass celebrations to offer the Sacrament of Confirmation to more than 1,700 youngsters in the Diocese of Knoxville, has issued the following statement regarding diocesan efforts to assist families following Thursday’s government raid in Grainger County: “The arrests of workers and undocumented immigrants in East ...
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Homily for the Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Tonight we begin the commemoration of the central events of our faith. The very heart of everything we believe as Catholics, as followers of Jesus Christ is commemorated between now and Sunday morning. We are reminded in the opening passage from Exodus, which is actually one of the most important passages in ...
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Living Stations of the Cross schedule 2018

The Office of Hispanic Ministry invites you to accompany Jesus through his Passion and death in the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, March 30. There are opportunities for you to participate in this traditional Hispanic devotion that continues to grow throughout our diocese. Como devoción tradicional hispana que sigue creciendo en nuestra Diócesis, la Oficina de Ministerio ...
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Bishop Stika dedicates St. Joseph altar

Bishop Richard F. Stika dedicated the St. Joseph altar in the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus during the noon Mass on Monday, March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph. Bishop Stika noted that although St. Joseph is never quoted in scripture, he provides a strong example of a faithful, loving man. He showed absolute trust in God. ...
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