Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston

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Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston
Dioecesis Vhelingensis–Carolopolitanus
Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston.svg
Country United States
Territory State of West Virginia
Ecclesiastical province Baltimore
Metropolitan Baltimore
Area 24,239 sq mi (62,780 km2)
- Total
- Catholics
(as of 2014)
116,500 (5.9%)
Parishes 110
Denomination Catholic Church
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 19, 1850 (167 years ago)
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Wheeling)
Co-cathedral Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (Charleston)
Current leadership
Pope Francis
Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield
Metropolitan Archbishop William E. Lori
Archbishop of Baltimore
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston map.png

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston (Latin: Dioecesis Vhelingensis–Carolopolitanus) is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church comprising the U.S. state of West Virginia. The diocese is led by Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield who serves as pastor of the mother church, the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in the Wheeling, West Virginia. He is also pastor of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the Charleston, West Virginia.


The Diocese of Wheeling was canonically erected on July 19, 1850, by Pope Pius IX. Its territory was taken from the Diocese of Richmond. Its name was changed to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston on August 21, 1974, by Pope Paul VI.[1][2] At the same time, its boundary was shifted to coincide with the state of West Virginia.

The Diocese of Wheeling–Charleston is home to Wheeling Jesuit University, an institution of higher learning administered by the Society of Jesus.



  1. Richard Vincent Whelan (1850–1874)
  2. John Joseph Kain (1875–1893)
  3. Patrick James Donahue (1894–1922)
  4. John Joseph Swint (1922–1962); Archbishop (personal title) in 1954
  5. Joseph Howard Hodges (1962–1985)
  6. Francis B. Schulte (1985–1988)
  7. Bernard William Schmitt (1989–2004)
  8. Michael Joseph Bransfield (2004–present)




St. Joseph Cathedral
Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

There are seven vicariates in the Diocese:

  • Wheeling Vicariate
  • Parkersburg Vicariate
  • Charleston Vicariate
  • Beckley Vicariate
  • Weston Vicariate
  • Clarksburg Vicariate
  • Martinsburg Vicariate [1]

Parishes by Vicariate[edit]

There are 111 Parishes and 23 missions in the Diocese.

Wheeling Vicariate[edit]

There are 18 parishes and 2 missions in the Wheeling Vicariate.

  • Cathedral of St. Joseph Parish, Wheeling
  • Corpus Christi Parish, Wheeling
  • Immaculate Conception Parish, New Cumberland
  • Our Lady of Peace Parish, Wheeling
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Chester
  • Sacred Heart of Mary Parish (Polish), Weirton
  • St. Alphonsus Parish, Wheeling
  • St. Anthony Parish, Follansbee
  • St. Francis Xavier Parish, Moundsville
  • St. James Parish, McMechen
  • St. John Parish, Benwood
  • St. John the Evangelist Parish, Wellsburg
  • St. Joseph Parish, Proctor
  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Weirton
  • St. Jude Parish, Glen Dale
  • St. Martin of Tours Parish, Cameron
  • St. Michael Parish, Wheeling
  • St. Paul Parish, Weirton
  • St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Wheeling
  • Holy Family Mission, Beech Bottom
  • Our Lady of Seven Dolors Mission, Triadelphia [2]

Martinsburg Vicariate[edit]

There are 11 parishes and 1 mission in the Martinsburg Vicariate.

Charleston Vicariate[edit]

There are 23 parishes and 7 missions in the Charleston Vicariate.

Beckley Vicariate[edit]

There are 15 parishes and 2 missions in the Beckley Vicariate.

Clarksburg Vicariate[edit]

There are 21 parishes and 3 missions in the Clarcksburg Vicariate.

Parkersburg Vicariate[edit]

There are 11 parishes and 3 missions in the Parkersburg Vicariate.

Weston Vicariate[edit]

There are 12 parishes and 5 missions in the Weston Vicariate.

High schools[edit]


Former schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston". Catholic-Hierarchy. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 
  2. ^ "Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston". Giga Catholic. Retrieved 2013-06-06. 

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Coordinates: 40°04′13″N 80°41′55″W / 40.07028°N 80.69861°W / 40.07028; -80.69861