Bishop Kurtz Announces Departure to Knoxville Diocese

Knoxville (WVLT) - We first told you Tuesday Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz is leaving Knoxville to lead the Louisville Archdiocese.

Wednesday morning, the Bishop made the official announcement here in Knoxville.

The Bishop told those that filled the room at the chancery Wednesday is a lot tougher announcing his leaving compared to Tuesday's introduction in Louisville.

And as one might imagine, that stirred his emotions.

A standing ovation brought a smile to his face. Bishop Kurtz spoke fondly of his seven-plus years in Knoxville; he talked of his love of the spirit of the diocese here.

For the next couple of months, the bishop will serve as administrator before leaving for Louisville in August.

He said it's not uncommon for the search process for a replacement to take up to eight months or longer.

Bishop Kurtz told Volunteer TV his hopes for the new Bishop of Knoxville will be to continue to listen to god in prayer and to listen to the richness and beauty of the church teachings.

And to have a listening heart.

"To listen to the people and understand their needs and that notion of a listening heart is probably the key to having a fruitful ministry,” Bishop Kurtz says.

"Courageous and consistent" are the words probably most often spoken to describe Bishop Kurtz.

The Bishop touched several times on his fond memories of how he was welcomed to Knoxville and feeling so welcome as a result.

Bishop Joseph Kurtz becomes the ninth Bishop to lead the in Louisville Archdiocese.