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Knoxville, Tennessee: Sacred Heart Cathedral


History of Sacred Heart Cathedral:

In the early days of the U.S., the Catholic population centered mostly in the Northeast, as immigrants from such heavily Catholic countries as Ireland, Germany and Italy arrived.  However as workers moved south, the Catholic populations there grew as well.  By 1952, the city of Knoxville had grown to where it needed a new parish in addition to the two it already had.  The new parish was given the name Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus when it was completed in 1956.  There were 199 families in the parish.  By January 1, 2010, Sacred Heart Parish had grown to over 1,400 families.

Sacred Heart School opened on September 4, 1956, with 132 students and 5 faculty members. The current school enrollment is 605 students and over 80 faculty members.

Sacred Heart Cathedral nearing completion
Sacred Heart Cathedral nearing completion

About the new Sacred Heart Cathedral:

With overflow crowds at all the weekend Masses (by 2018 they had over 1600 families and almost 5,000 parishioners), it became apparent that this growth would require a new building.

Without a doubt, the finished building is one of the most magnificent Cathedrals ever built in the U.S.  Those who cringed at the drab architecture of many churches built in the 70’s and 80’s will be overjoyed at the beauty and reverence that they find here. As you can see by the photos below, it is reminiscent of the finest cathedrals in the world.

Traveling to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville:

The Cathedral is easy to find, being centrally located in West Knoxville.

Address:  711 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, Tn 37919

Tel:  +1-865- 588-0249

Click here for the official website of the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Knoxville.

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