Category Archives: Bishop’s Column

Prayers in Troubling Times

September kept us all surprised with the gift of summer weather that did not want to end. I was able to enjoy those unseasonably warm days and these first days…

A Beautiful Expression of Faith

This past weekend was an historical moment for me as your Bishop: I was blessed to be able to consecrate and dedicate the beautiful new Church of St. John’s Parish…

Praying for Victims of Great Catastrophes

With vacations coming to an end and students returning to school, it is clear that summer has ended. The usual rhythm of life sort of restarts in families and parishes…

Grateful to All Serving the People of God

The summer is a really wonderful time of year when many people can be out and about, enjoying God’s good earth and one another. The beauty of trees and gardens,…

Moments of Great Blessing

This month of June has already brought several moments of great blessing for me. On the first Saturday of the month, I was blessed to ordain Mr. Martin Smay as…

Moments of Grace

So much goes on across our Diocese during this time of year, with many parishes celebrating First Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Confirmation, our young people graduating from Kindergarten,…

Beautiful Celebrations in Mary’s Month

During this Season of Easter, each day we are enjoying the Gospel accounts of that period immediately following the Resurrection, as the Apostles coming to understand the Lord’s Resurrection and…

A Beautiful Time of Year

We have celebrated the Resurrection of the Lord in such a beautiful fashion in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and begun the Easter Season, these eight weeks of rejoicing in the…

Prayerful Preparation for Holy Week

Recently, our parishes took up a collection to benefit the Priests’ Retirement Fund. I want you to know how grateful I am to you and to all our parishes that…

Lent: the Perfect Time to Return to Prayer

The arrival of Ash Wednesday has brought another Lent into our lives and hopefully we are ready for it. There are so many reasons in our world today for us…