On June 27, Bishop Richard Stika will ordain four seminarians, Deacon Scott Russell, Deacon Jesus Guerrero Rodriguez, Deacon Ray Powell and Deacon Michael Hendershott to Holy Orders in an 11:00 am Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

This marks the second year in a row that the Diocese will ordain four to the Holy Priesthood.

Bishop Stika remarked, “These days for the Diocese of Knoxville are real blessings with the seminarians that we have and the ordinations that we have and just the vitality of this church that is so young and yet so vibrant.”


Bishop Richard F. Stika ordains Fr. Christopher Manning in 2014.

“We rejoice to almighty God, and we pray that vocations might continue and continue to pray for those vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life,” Stika said.

All parishioners at the Cathedral parish and across the Diocese are invited to attend this historic moment in the life of the Diocese. Congratulations to these four seminarians!

Ordination Parking

Please arrive early to allow time to park and enter the Cathedral!

  • 4th Degree Knights and Deacons should park in the Chancery parking lot and ride the shuttle, or enter via the 200 wing or 300 wing of the school.
  • Families of the Ordinandi with mobility issues can be dropped off at the front of the Belltower (enter on NORTH bridge) or park in the handicapped spaces near the Bell Tower.
  • Altar servers will be dropped off by their parents.
  • All other attendees should park in designated lots noted in yellow on the parking map.


East Tennessee Catholic journalist Dan McWilliams contributed to this story.