KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Diocese of Knoxville is starting a new era. Bishop Richard Stika and Catholic leaders from around the world joined Governor Bill Haslam to break ground on a new Sacred Heart Cathedral at 711 S. Northshore Drive in Knoxville.
Construction on the new cathedral is not scheduled to be completed until fall of 2017, but after mass, the diocese gathered to bless the new cathedral and the cornerstone that will be used in construction. The outline of the new worship space was painted on the lawn.
The Diocese of Knoxville said the new cathedral will have a traditional cruciform style, in the shape of a cross. The church said they hope to use materials and craftsmanship from East Tennessee.
The cathedral will increase the Diocese worship space from 7,500 to 20,000 square feet and will be able to seat approximately 1,000. The church said they are also working to improve access to the cathedral, adding more parking, roads, a bridge in their circulation plan.