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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


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


Unrattled Faith is Key to Happily Ever After

Clarksburg Couple Shares Parish Involvement Keeps Them Lively at 92  

He knew he was no comparison to aviation legend Chuck Yeager, but it was almost as if Jobey Spatafore was trying to break the sound barrier on foot back in summer of 1947, as he raced to catch the 11:30 p.m. bus back to Clarksburg. 

Panting and his heart pounding, he made it to the bus stop, but only to watch the motor coach’s taillights in the distance. Spatafore ended up


Conversion Brings Weirton Family Balance and Peace

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


Stitching Love, Giving Hope

Before mid-March, she had only used the sewing machine four times. Today it is rarely turned off.
Jeanette Monteith of Falling Waters in Berkeley County has made more than 2,000 masks in response to the COVID-19 health and safety measures, donating more than half.

“I had been following the pandemic in China on the news since December, and then became more concerned when it quickly made its way to Italy,” Monteith said. “Hearing that medical staff there were reporting a shortage of personal protective equipment, I wanted to act and do something before it hit us; but what? Then once I


Monica’s Mercy in Motion

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,”


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

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