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

Couple leaves D.C. suburbs to find Christ by serving the poor

We were very happy with our jobs, but something was missing.  We felt we had to do something that gave more depth to our days. We had a connection with these mountains and now we are enjoying a great adventure.

The scenery in Wyoming County in southern West Virginia with its steep mountains that stretch up to the sky on both sides of the Guyandotte River is simply breathtaking. The people who call it home are friendly and welcoming. It was those attributes that spoke to Arnie and Kathy Simonse.
They first came to the area with […]

He is as devout as St. Francis de Sales himself

Beckley parishioner chooses to ‘Put God First’

Walking into St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Beckley your eyes are immediately drawn to parish’s recent renovations – the gorgeous stone archways, the ornate woodwork, the intricate artwork behind the crucifix, and the restored quotation from John’s gospel about “life everlasting” surrounding the tabernacle.
However, it is the reverent voice and gentle soul of Tony Tipane that will leave an impression on you that will never fade.
This humble man, who sits in a pew that’s in the back of the church near the […]

Gemini Project is labor of love for kids

Organizers of the Gemini Project at St. Joseph’s Parish in Huntington insist God is working through them to help children within a foster care system that is in crisis. “This project is truly driven by God,” Jim Jeffrey said. “We are just the vehicle. It’s definitely a calling. I’m so glad we listened. We hope others around the state do too.” #FaithInWV #GeminiProjectGodsHand

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

Eagle Scout project becomes meaningful gift to parish

“I wanted to do something for my church that would make a difference,” said Eagle Scout candidate Tucker Stacks. “It started out as a manual labor project,” but it ended up as a meaningful gift to the parish that he hopes will last for generations.

Rising above the odds to serve others

Sacred Heart Parish has become a “God wink” for a Huntington area food bank. “They’ve been an answer to prayer,” Janet Walker said about the parishioners of the Adams Avenue church. “It never fails if we are low on a certain item for that week’s distribution to families, Sacred Heart always ends up toting over exactly what was needed to fill the shelves,” Walker said. “It’s true. I shake my head sometimes thinking that this is definitely unexplainable.” #FaithInWV #GodWinkAtSacredHeart

Purls of Wisdom – Founder of South Charleston knitting ministry wraps despairing women and children with love

Her hands are withered with arthritis, but her kindheartedness is ever blooming. Mary Henderson can be described as a sweet 81-year-old lady, who wears her hair in a tidy braided bun, and walks softly wherever she goes. She is a graceful, gentle spirit, dedicating her time into fostering a ministry that wraps women and children in despair with love. “I wanted to do something to use my skills to help others,” she said. “I thought about how I could give back; and my first thought was, ‘I love to knit’, so why not?....” #FaithInWV #PurlsOfWisdom

Delivering smiles one stitch at a time

Beautiful things are coming together one stitch at a time in Huntington. Six years ago, Eileen Farren, of Sacred Heart Parish, learned about a special sewing project to help children in hospitals by giving them hand-sewn cheery cotton pillowcases - Ryan’s Case for Smiles. It is an ecumenical movement to help children who are going through a medical struggle of some sort. “We are doing the work God wants us to. We all hope to be a blessing.” #FaithInWV #SewMuchLove

Giving Hope in Follansbee – Retired teacher continues to nurture children in her community

Yes, there are angels among us! They show up every Friday. “Oh! My angel food! My angel was here again,” a teacher overheard a little girl say with excitement, when she went to her locker at the end of the school day and peered into her white grocery bag of surprises. That angel is Janet Ryan Benzo with a small legion of angels from St. Anthony’s Parish in Follansbee. #FaithInWV #GivingHopeInFollansbee