Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Knoxville Bishop and Social Justice Ministry With Youth Highlighted on CatholicTV Talk Show
On April 1st, the Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) will be discussed on the live CatholicTV talk show “This is the Day”.
The CFJ is a unique ministry which assists in community service with youth and young adults, educates people about social justice, sponsors research on social justice, and much more. Widian Nicola from the CFJ will be interviewed on This is the Day.
An interview with Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville will also air on This is the Day. Bishop Stika heads a very young diocese which was founded in 1988. The diocese is also unique because of the rapid growth of its Hispanic Catholic population, which “if the estimates are correct and there are about 50,000 new Hispanic immigrants in the area, their number nearly doubles the area’s current official Catholic population.”
Bishop Stika considers Pope John Paul II his “episcopal grandfather” because the pope ordained Cardinal Rigali an archbishop in 1985, and the cardinal ordained Monsignor Stika a bishop. The bishop met John Paul II numerous times on trips to the Vatican. In February 2009 he visited Pope Benedict XVI to thank him personally for appointing him bishop of Knoxville.