Category Archives: Bishop’s Column

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…

Life of the Church in West Virginia

The autumn weather these past weeks has been wonderful, especially at a time when I have so many things happening in the Diocese.  During my travels around the Diocese, I…

Important Moments in Our Faith

I hope that you enjoy this issue of The Catholic Spirit which is dedicated to Pope Francis’ canonization of St. Teresa of Kolkata.  She is almost universally recognized as a…

Coming Together in Difficult Times

The last few weeks have been very difficult times for many people in West Virginia, as they struggle to deal with the damage from the recent flooding that occurred in…