Category Archives: Bishop’s Column

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…

Moments of Grace

The month of February brought my first celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation in 2017. In keeping with what seems to be an annual custom, this first celebration took place…

Our Prayers in Challenging Times

On Saturday evening, January 28, 2017, we hosted Most Reverend William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore, for the Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling.  This annual Mass…

Seek God in the New Year

As I write this, the Christmas Season is coming to an end.  I really must tell you how much I, as your Bishop, enjoyed the celebration of Advent and Christmas…

Prepare for the Coming of the Lord

I hope and pray that you and your families had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  After five weekends on the road, I was able to spend the holiday and the weekend at…