Category Archives: Bishop’s Column

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…

Praying for Victims of the Devastating Floods

These have been difficult times for so many in West Virginia with the recent flooding. Our hearts go out to the many people and families that have suffered loss of…

Beautiful Moments in Mary’s Month

This year as in my previous years as Bishop, Mary’s Month is a time of travel across the Diocese, for the celebration of Confirmation in so many of our parishes…

Beautiful Moments of Faith

During the past three weeks, my Spring Confirmation Season has gotten underway in earnest and travel throughout the diocese has ensued.  As Bishop, this time of year is always very…

A Wonderful Spiritual Experience

From Bishop Michael J. Bransfield As we enter the final weeks of Lent, I celebrated the last of this year’s Confirmation Retreats and Youth Rally Masses, this one at St….

Wonderful Moments in This Holy Season

Lent has arrived, providing us with this wonderful moment when our spiritual lives should truly                         benefit with our…

Grow in the Life of Faith and Service

From Bishop Michael J. Bransfield By the time you read this, the Christmas Season will have come to an end, but I really must tell you how much I, as…