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.
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.
He was a bit disheveled, wearing stained clothing, but surprisingly tidy. He spoke in a gentle voice – one that gave her great calm and enough encouragement to put mercy in motion.
“He opened my eyes,” Monica Cressin of St. Leo Catholic Church in Inwood said of Scott Fox, the first person she’d met in “tent city” – a secluded area occupied by homeless families and individuals in the Martinsburg area. She had gone to the South Berkeley spot with an acquaintance, who was filming a documentary on homelessness in America.
“When I went out to the site it was dark,” she
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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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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