By Tim Bishop WHEELING—The 2016 West Virginia Knights of Columbus State Convention will be held in Wheeling this year from May 13 to 15. Carroll Council No. 504, the oldest council in West Virginia, will be this year’s host for the annual convention. During the convention, business meetings are held and are open to all 3rd Degree Knights in good standing. Those meetings will be held at the Oglebay Park Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 14 and 9 a.m. to noon May 15. The convention attendees will come together for the 6 p.m. Mass May 14 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling and a banquet will be held immediately following at Central Catholic High School’s Great Hall. Brian Gordon, Grand Knight and Convention Co-Chair said, “all the members or our local council are excited to invite the state members to Wheeling. This is a great opportunity to showcase the local area to those coming from various parts of the state.” He added, “This is the first time in 15 years that the convention has been held in Wheeling and our council officers and members are working very hard to make this event a memorable experience for all who attend.” There will also be a woman’s program May 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The outing will feature a tour of St. Alphonsus Church in Wheeling and the Oglebay Mansion Museum as well as opportunities for shopping at the Centre Market and the shops at Oglebay. All of the activities, other than the business meetings, are open to all knights in good standing and their guests. Registration is required for all activities other than the Mass. Mike Bush, fraternal benefits advisor and convention co-chair, said the Knights of Columbus has a rich history. “The Knights of Columbus was founded in 1882,” he said, “by a parish priest in Connecticut, Father Michael J. McGivney. He founded the order to help Catholic families in times of need. Today there are over 1.9 million knights in over 15,000 councils around the world. Each year members of the Knights of Columbus donate more than 72 million volunteer hours and $173 million to charitable and church causes.” The West Virginia Knights of Columbus councils support Special Olympics, provide scholarships, coordinate food drives to help re-stock the pantries at food banks and donate time and money to individuals and families in times of need. Knights and their families also work on parish projects, support seminarians, pray for vocations, volunteer at Catholic Charities West Virginia, participate in pro-life activities and donate their time to raise money for local charities. Contact the Knights of Columbus Carroll Council at (304) 242-9570 for more information about the convention.