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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

Radiant presence is a present

WVU Campus Minister hopes to radiate Christ’s love

Walk into her office and you’ll be greeted with a heartwarming smile. Catch up with her and her family during an outdoor adventure and you’ll be treated to her contagious laughter. Yet the most attractive and impressive thing about Colleen Roderique Criste may be her beautiful heart and glowing spirit – an asset that is benefiting countless young adults at the St. John University Parish Newman Center in Morgantown.

Criste grew up a cradle Catholic in a strong and faithful family, but until two years ago she didn’t realize how much her upbringing, raising

Sister Carole is living the dream – WV Institute for Spirituality is her instrument

As she stands in the parlor of a retreat house which graces Virginia Street in Charleston, Sister Carole Riley bids farewell to folks she hopes are leaving with the same feeling as leaving home and instantly longing for an opportunity to “come ‘home again – a place of welcome, peace, acceptance, freedom to be who God made me to be in this moment.’”

Sister Carole of the Sisters of Divine Providence congregation is the Spiritual Director of the main campus for the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality that sits just a block away from the West Virginia State Capitol and Governor’s Mansion.

In the stillness of prayerful meditation, Weirton woman finds courage to share her gifts

Writing has always been a fond pastime for Cathy Burns Horstman, but it wasn’t until recently she knew it would be a way to give life to her faith.

She grew up in a family that cherished three things –faith, family, and education.

Horstman has been a member of St. Paul Parish in Weirton since she was six years old. Her father Bob Burns worked for Hancock County Schools and her mother Bette Davis Burns taught preschool and eventually became the principal at St. Paul School. For her and her seven siblings, they understood to be successful in life was to embrace

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.
Click the video to learn more.

#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.”
Click the video to learn more.

#FaithInWV  #FaithInAction

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