Monday, January 12, 2009

Longest vacant diocesan throne filled: Knoxville, TN gets a bishop!

Bishop watching can be fun these days. There is a new man at the helm in Knoxville - the longest diocese with a vacancy at the top. It is Msgr. Richard F. Stika, who comes from St. Louis.


VATICAN CITY, 12 JAN 2009 (VIS) - The Holy Father:

- Appointed Fr. Richard F. Stika of the clergy of the archdiocese of Saint Louis, U.S.A., pastor of the church of the Annunziata, as bishop of Knoxville (area 36,872, population 236,573, Catholics 56,068, priests 70, permanent deacons 25, religious 53), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Saint Louis in 1957 and ordained a priest in 1985.
Rocco Palmo has more: Rich It Is -- Western "Rome" Meets East Tennessee

For those of you wanting to know a little more about this pastor turned bishop, spend a little time mining his parish website - a good way to get a little more familiar with a man who doesn't have an episcopal trail.


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