What is #FaithInWV?

#FaithInWV is giving hope, rising above the odds, being a blessing, and leading by example. It is choosing to find the good in others, and letting others see Christ in you. Ultimately it is having faith in God the Father above all.

This site is dedicated to showcasing the great work of Catholics across our Mountain State who embody Faith in West Virginia. This is who we are as Catholics, who we serve, how we love, and to whom we give of ourselves.

Through these stories we hope you become re-energized in your faith. Let us learn together how our brothers and sisters in Christ are doing His work. Let’s imitate their love, joy, strength, and resilience. Let’s not only connect to God but also connect to one another.

Let us sing. Let us show mercy. Let us be grateful always and in all ways. Let our actions give life to our faith.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another,
singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:16-17

Do you know an exceptional Catholic in West Virginia, someone who is a shining example of #FaithInWV, choosing to be a difference maker? Email your feature idea to jbibey@dwc.org

Unrattled Faith is Key to Happily Ever After

Clarksburg Couple Shares Parish Involvement Keeps Them Lively at 92  

He knew he was no comparison to aviation legend Chuck Yeager, but it was almost as if Jobey Spatafore was trying to break the sound barrier on foot back in summer of 1947, as he raced to catch the 11:30 p.m. bus back to Clarksburg. 

Panting and his heart pounding, he made it to the bus stop, but only to watch the motor coach’s taillights in the distance. Spatafore ended up walking

Conversion Brings Weirton Family Balance and Peace

Donald Swearingen spent much of the last decade finding reasons why not to become Catholic.
He is a self-proclaimed history nerd, who has always been intrigued by the formation of the Church, and ancient times. It was that passion which lead to a calling he often questioned but could not ignore.
Last summer he signed up for Right of Christian Initiation (RCIA) classes at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Wheeling.

“I kept running away from the idea of becoming Catholic, but something kept pulling me back,” Swearingen said.
The road to his conversion story has had its twists, turns, and even drop offs.

Stitching Love, Giving Hope

Before mid-March, she had only used the sewing machine four times. Today it is rarely turned off.
Jeanette Monteith of Falling Waters in Berkeley County has made more than 2,000 masks in response to the COVID-19 health and safety measures, donating more than half.

“I had been following the pandemic in China on the news since December, and then became more concerned when it quickly made its way to Italy,” Monteith said. “Hearing that medical staff there were reporting a shortage of personal protective equipment, I wanted to act and do something before it hit us; but what? Then once I heard

Mary Help of Christians Pastoral Center

Unplug and be ready to be amazed

Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains that surround Huttonsville, West Virginia, Mary Help of Christians Pastoral Center is transforming lives through programs rooted in Catholic tradition, connecting kids to God, building self-esteem, and discovering how they are and can be a blessing to others.
It’s a chance for kids to unplug from technology and amp up their adventurous nature.
It’s a time for personal growth, and prayerful reflection, recognizing God’s presence.
Mary Help of Christians Pastoral Center is a place where kids ages 8-17 enjoy the ultimate outdoor recreation, explore their faith, and create friendships and memories to last a lifetime.
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#FaithInWV  #Unplugged

St. James the Greater Men Putting Faith in Action

The men from St. James the Greater Parish in Charles Town are putting their faith in action. For several years a group of men lead by Deacon Dave Galvin have helped build homes for fellow West Virginia families. It’s part of who we are as Catholics, Galvin said.
“St. Francis said ‘Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words,” Galvin said. “We believe in our Catholic faith.”
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