Clergy and Staff

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Most Reverend Richard F. Stika, D.D.
Bishop, Diocese of Knoxville

On January 12, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed the Reverend Monsignor, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, to become the Third Bishop of the Diocese of Knoxville. Since his ordination to the priesthood in 1985, he has served both in pastoral and archdiocesan leadership roles, including Chancellor and Vicar General for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. His Episcopal Ordination was March 19, 2009, by His Eminence Justin Cardinal Rigali and installed as the Third Bishop of Knoxville. View Bishop Stika’s Curriculum Vitae. 865.584.3307.


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Father David Boettner
Vicar General, Diocese of Knoxville & Rector, Sacred Heart Cathedral

Ordained in May 1994, Fr. David has served as an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help-Chattanooga and Sacred Heart Cathedral. He served as Pastor of St. Mary Church-Athens and St. Thomas the Apostle-Lenoir City. He serves as Rector of Sacred Heart Cathedral as well as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia at the Diocese of Knoxville. He holds a B.A. from St. Meinrad and a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary of the Lake. dboettner@dioknox.org

 

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Father Joe Reed
Associate Paster & School Chaplain

Fr. Joe is a native Knoxvillian and grew up in Sacred Heart parish. While in seminary he entered Conception Abbey, where he was a Benedictine brother for ten years before being ordained to the priesthood. Fr. Joe taught in the seminary college, offered spiritual direction, and assisted with Newman Center ministry. He is also the Director of Vocations at the Diocese of Knoxville assisting the bishop in fostering the formation of men who are preparing for the priesthood.  jreed@shcknox.org

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Father Arthur Torres
Associate Pastor

Fr. Arthur was born in Cali, Colombia and holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Sacred Heart School of Theology in Wisconsin. Fr. Arthur was ordained a Deacon in Kingsport, TN in 2012 and entered into the priesthood for the Diocese of Knoxville on December 14, 2013. Fr. Arthur works closely with the Hispanic community on sacraments and spiritual life. He is also the Co-Master of Liturgy at the Cathedral and Moderator for the Hispanic Marriage Encounter Movement.  atorres@shcknox.org
Walt Otey
Deacon

Walt Otey is a deacon candidate for the Diocese of Knoxville. He has also been instrumental in organizing our outreach to divorced and separated Catholics. Walt became a Catholic in 1989 in Greeneville, and began formation to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Knoxville in August of 2010. wotey@shcknox.org

 
Dan Alexander
Deacon

Ordained in 2010 for the Diocese of Knoxville and assigned to St. Albert the Great Parish in Knoxville and served as deacon there until his move to St. Stephen’s Parish in Chattanooga. At St. Stephen he served as Parish Administrator for 6 months and was involved in RCIA, served the needs of the homebound, Sacramental Preparation Education and other ministries as needed. He is married to Carolyn.

Joel Livingston, Jr.
Deacon

Ordained in 1994 for the Diocese of Metuchen in New Jersey. Assigned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Bernardsville, NJ and served as deacon there until his move to Knoxville in 2015. At the parish he was the director of RCIA, Confirmation Preparation and taught Religious Education and served the needs of the homebound and other ministries as needed. For the Diocese of Metuchen he served as Director of Deacon Formation, and chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Initiatives Commission. He is married to Carol. 

Mary Mac Wilson
Director of Parish Operations

Mary Mac directs the efforts of the Cathedral Campaign, manages parish strategic initiatives, supervises parish office staff, manages meetings and events, and assists the pastor with correspondence, appointments and travel. mwilson@shcknox.org

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Dave Wells
Director of Adult Faith Formation

Dave created and directs the Cathedral Kids faith formation program for Grades 1-5, Becoming Catholic, and the CAFE (Catholic Adult Faith Education). Dave also teaches a number of bible studies each week. dwells@shcknox.org


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Glenn Kahler
Director of Music and Liturgy

Glenn oversees our liturgical celebrations, weekly Masses, special feasts and diocesan celebrations. He manages cantors and music ministers and also directs the 9:00 am Mass and the Sacred Heart Youth Choir. Glenn is an accomplished arranger and composer in television and film. gkahler@shcknox.org

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Liz Letendre
Director of Youth Ministry & Young Adults

Liz helps the youth and young adults of the parish grow in their faith as well as develop a personal relationship with Christ. Liz leads the XLT core team, RUSH middle school program and Confirmation. lletendre@shcknox.org


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Cindy Briggs
CPA, Parish Accountant

Cindy directs accounting, budgeting, and financial reporting for the Parish. She prepares financial reports for the Parish Finance Board and School Board, develops and monitors the budget, and oversees compliance with government and diocesan reporting. cbriggs@shcknox.org



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Judy Polinsky
Office Manager

Judy supervises the organization and coordination of office operations, maintains contributions and invoices, the parish database and manages general office duties. jpolinsky@shcknox.org

Tom Greer
Facilities Administrator

Tom is responsible for the comprehensive maintenance and operations of the parish office, Cathedral, school, rectory, plus the Chancery and several convents. In addition to maintaining facilities, he works closely with subcontractors on the construction of the new Cathedral. tgreer@shcknox.org

Scott Barron
Campus Events Coordinator

Scott manages the master calendar and reservation process for the school and parish. He is also responsible for the planning, hospitality and execution of events that serve our parish families, school community, Diocese and community at large. sbarron@shcknox.org

Robert McCarter
Organist

Robert is the keyboardist for Saturday evening Mass, 7:30am Mass and 9am Mass on the weekends. He also plays for the 8:05 am school Masses. He is available for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions. He also offers piano instruction at SHCS. rmccarter@shcknox.org

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Hilda Carrera
Receptionist

Hilda welcomes visitors to the Cathedral office, edits the bulletin, manages parish mailings and record-keeping, schedules events, and maintains Hispanic social media. Hilda is also fluent in Spanish. hcarrera@shcknox.org