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Cardinal Rigali to represent U.S. Catholic Church at International Eucharistic Congress

  Cardinal Justin Rigali, who is now in residence in the Diocese of Knoxville, will represent the Catholic Church for the United States at the International Eucharistic Congress in Budapest, Hungary in 2020. The appointment was made by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. As preparation for the Congress, Bishop Richard F. Stika invited parishioners ...

Bishop Stika statement on USCCB actions on clergy abuse

The actions of U.S. bishops at our General Assembly this week demonstrate an ongoing commitment to improving the high standards we initially enacted almost 20 years ago to address the issue of clergy abuse. We have given clarity to the codes of conduct and accountability, set forth in 2002, that they now apply to all clergy, including bishops. I am ...

Bishop to ordain new priest on June 8

Bishop Richard F. Stika will ordain Deacon Mark Schuster as a priest of the Diocese of Knoxville during a Mass of Ordination this Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville. The Mass is open to the public and will be video streamed live on the DioKnox TV YouTube channel ...

Homily for the Ascension of the Lord

  Acts 1:1-11 Ephesians 1:17-23 Luke 24:46-53 We are given two accounts of our Lord’s Ascension today, and it is actually the first account from the Acts of the Apostles on which the Church has taught from antiquity that the Lord Jesus was with us on Earth for 40 days after His Resurrection. By the Church’s authority, we celebrate the ...

Bishop receives St. Maximilian Kolbe relic

Bishop Richard F. Stika has received a first class relic of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a martyr of the Church who died at the German WWII concentration camp at Auschwitz in 1941. Bishop Stika received the relic while leading a diocesan pilgrimage to Poland. During a visit to the Niepokalanów monastery founded in 1927 by then-father Kolbe in Teresin, just west ...

Bishop Richard F. Stika statement on papal decree

Today, Pope Francis outlined concrete procedures that the worldwide, universal Catholic Church must now abide by in the response to the societal evil of sexual abuse.  The Holy Father’s motu proprio makes it clear that abuse at any level in the Church, and the failure of Church leadership to report abuse and protect victims, will not be tolerated.  I welcome ...

Bishop Stika statement on Pope Francis’ decree regarding sexual abuse

Today, Pope Francis outlined concrete procedures that the worldwide, universal Catholic Church must now abide by in the response to the societal evil of sexual abuse.  The Holy Father’s motu proprio makes it clear that abuse at any level in the Church, and the failure of Church leadership to report abuse and protect victims, will not be tolerated.  I welcome ...

Kai-Fu Lee, former president of Google China, visits alma mater St. Mary Oak Ridge

Dr. Kia-Fu Lee, the former president of Google China and a leading expert on global artificial intelligence, returned to East Tennessee on Monday, May 6, to visit the Catholic school in which he once learned, St. Mary School in Oak Ridge. Dr. Lee, the author of the recent New York Times bestselling book, “AI Powers: China, Silicon Valley, and the ...

Bishop Richard F. Stika issues statement on recent violence against people of faith

A statement from Bishop Richard F. Stika regarding the recent violence against people of faith:  Sadly, our world continues to be shaken by violence that is unfathomable and made even more repulsive by the fact that its victims are people of faith. Recently, we witnessed the premeditated slaughter of more than 250 innocent people in Sri Lanka, many of whom ...

Homily for Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Exodus 12:1-8 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 Many people will say that Pentecost is “the Birthday of the Church,” and there is, indeed, a good argument for that moniker as it relates to that particular feast. However, I would argue that the real “birth of the Church” is something that we can be said to be celebrating and commemorating on ...