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New bishop named


Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Rev. Monsignor Richard F. Stika, 51, bishop-elect for the Diocese of Knoxville Monday, Jan. 12. Stika, a native of St. Louis, said, during a press conference at the Diocese’s Northshore campus, he was excited about the move to East Tennessee, even showing off his new “bishop’s hat,” a “Vol” ballcap. “I’ll wear this hat with a great deal of honor and respect,” Stika said. Stika will be the third bishop to lead Knoxville Diocese since it was founded in 1988. The Diocese encompasses 36 counties in East Tennessee, including Knox County, which is home to St. John Neumann, All Saints and Sacred Heart Catholic churches within the farragutpress area of coverage. “I am most honored to be your bishop,” Stika said. “This is a vibrant, growing, spectacular church,” he added. Stika’s ordination and installation as bishop is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, at Knoxville Convention Center.

Stika said his goals for the East Tennessee Catholic community are “to preach Jesus and to build the church.” Stika celebrated his first mass Tuesday, Jan. 13, at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

 

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