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Wheeling novice boasts God’s plan is far more joyful than her own

Sometimes the plan God has for you has been right in front of you your whole life, but He doesn’t take your blindfold off until you’re ready.
That is true for Sister Jennifer Berridge, a second-year novice with the Congregation of Saint Joseph. Her sapphire blue eyes light up as she shares the story of her journey to becoming a religious sister.
Berridge is a graduate of Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in human services. She knew she wanted a career to help people, but a few years into


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


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


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


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