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

Loyalty Shines from Her Love of God, Country, Family

Janet Davis grew up in a loving, patriotic, and devout Catholic family. She was one of nine children. Her father worked as a civilian aviation mechanic for the fighter squadrons at Mitchel Air Force Base, Long Island, New York.

Her and her siblings attended Catholic school, where empathy and charitable giving was a great focus. She knew the value of hard work, loyalty, and responsibility. As a young girl, she’d enjoyed the times when she would fill in for her brother’s newspaper delivery route. She fondly recalls pedaling her bike up and down the streets of the base tossing the papers

Wheeling Man Puts Fatherly Love into Pro-Life Ministry

Sitting in the courtyard of the St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Wheeling, appropriately near the statue of St. Joseph our patron saint of fathers, Mark Witzberger, shared how each one of us is called to put our faith in action.

Witzberger and his wife Barbara are the parents of two grown children, Melissa and Jason. He grew up in Immaculate Conception-St. Mary’s Parish in South Wheeling, attended St. Mary’s Grade School, Our Lady of Peace Grade School, and graduated from Bishop Donahue. It is obvious he cherishes his faith, which is not only visible by his unassuming reverent presence at Mass,

Remarkable Past Strengthens His Mission

His love for Christ and his mission to evangelize is not only genuine, but unbelievably impressive. You would never know it by Fr. Joseph Konikattil’s humble nature and gentlemanly presence, but he is anything but ordinary.

As an Indian priest serving in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, you can assume his background is interesting, but that might be the understatement of the decade. Unless you have the opportunity to sit down and ask him about his experiences that ultimately lead him here you may not fully appreciate his wisdom or enthusiasm.

Fr. Joseph Konikattil attended

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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#FaithInWV  #FaithInAction