Bishop Stika Announces Retirement

Deacon Scott Maentz Parish News

Bishop Richard F. Stika, the longest-serving bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, has announced he is retiring from the post he has held since 2009.

“I recently sent a letter to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asking him to grant my petition to retire as the bishop of this great diocese,” Bishop Stika said. “I am grateful that he has accepted this request.

The announcement was made by the Vatican on June 27.

Read more on the diocesan website.

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