Cardinal Block Grid w CaptionBe a part of this historic event April 18th at the Tennessee Theatre!
Tickets go on sale January 23rd!

Nearly 200 years of Catholic leadership will be on stage when the Diocese of Knoxville presents “A Conversation with the Cardinals,” Saturday, April 18 at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

New York Archbishop Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Cardinal Justin Rigali and Cardinal William Levada will be featured speakers in an entertaining, informative and interactive discussion about the Catholic Church.

Bishop Richard F. Stika will moderate the evening.

“It was quite a good idea on the part of Bishop Stika to envision this event. We hope the audience finds it interesting and enticing to know something about the workings of the Church with which they’re not familiar,” Cardinal Rigali said.

The event is part of a historic weekend as the Diocese of Knoxville and the Cathedral parish officially breaks ground on April 19th for a new cathedral at the site of the current Sacred Heart Cathedral located at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville.

The evening with the Cardinals will bring one of the Catholic Church’s highest profile and most outspoken personalities in Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, together with two of the Church’s most experienced and revered leaders in Cardinal Rigali and Cardinal Levada.

All three men share connections that go back decades. More than 50 years ago, Cardinal Rigali and Cardinal Levada studied together in seminary in Los Angeles.  READ MORE about their history and years in Rome serving four popes.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the St. Mary’s Mobile Medical Clinic, a traveling clinic that provides free health care to rural areas around the Diocese of Knoxville.

Tickets can be purchased on a first come, first served basis beginning Friday, January 23 at 10:00 am at all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 865-745-3000, online at, or at the Tennessee Theatre’s Clinch Avenue Box Office Monday-Friday 10 am–5 pm and Saturday 10 am–2 pm. Tickets are $15 each or $100 VIP seating with pre-event reception.

The following day, Sunday, April 19th, the official groundbreaking ceremony of the new home of Sacred Heart Cathedral will be held following the 11:00 am Mass.