Category Archives: Bishop’s Column

Occasions of Grace

I have really enjoyed the past month especially Christmas. There were so many beautiful ceremonies and celebrations. Our two Cathedrals provided many wonderful experiences and our gatherings of priests gave…

Merry Christmas & Blessings in the New Year

Since I last wrote to you, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Patroness of the United States. This year’s celebration was particularly…

This Season of Advent, a Wonderful Time in Our Diocese

I pray you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with those gathered around you who care for you and I hope that you were able to take time with them to offer…

Wishing You a Very Happy Thanksgiving

November has truly arrived with cold winds and dusk coming early each afternoon, but the wonders of the Holiday Season are just around the corner with Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas…

Our Beautiful New Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

October is a beautiful month in West Virginia, especially as I drive across our State and am able to enjoy the great variety of colors splashed across our rolling hills…

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…