Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
Dioecesis Vhelingensis-Carolopolitanus
Country United States
Territory State of West Virginia
Ecclesiastical province Province of Baltimore
Metropolitan Wheeling, West Virginia, West Virginia
- Catholics

Denomination Roman Catholic
Rite Roman Rite
Established July 19, 1850
Changed to Wheeling Charleston August 21, 1974
Cathedral Cathedral of Saint Joseph
Co-cathedral Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Current leadership
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Michael Joseph Bransfield
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston
Metropolitan Archbishop Vacant
Archbishop of Baltimore
St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is an ecclesiastical territory or diocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern United States comprising the state of West Virginia. It is a conjoined diocese with two centers of worship, one day expected to be split into two separate entities. The diocese is led by Bishop Michael J. Bransfield who serves as pastor of the mother church, Cathedral of Saint Joseph in the City of Wheeling. He is also pastor of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in the City of Charleston.

The original Diocese of Wheeling was canonically erected on July 19, 1850 by Pope Pius IX [1]. In response to the growth of Catholicism in the state, the ecclesiastical territory became a conjoined diocese and was consecrated with the current diocesan name on August 21, 1974 by Pope Paul VI.

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






  • Thomas John McDonnell (1951 - 1961)


There are seven vicariates in the Diocese:

  • Wheeling Vicariate
  • Parkersburg Vicariate
  • Charleston Vicariate
  • Beckley Vicariate
  • Weston Vicariate
  • Clarksburg Vicariate
  • Martinsburg Vicariate [2]

Parishes by Vicariate

There are 111 Parishes and 23 missions in the Diocese.

Wheeling Vicariate

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
  • Holy Family Mission, Beech Bottom
  • Our Lady of Seven Dolors Mission, Triadelphia [3]
  • St.Vincent de Paul,Wheeling

Martinsburg Vicariate

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

Charleston Vicariate

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

  • Ascension Parish, Hurricane
  • Blessed Sacrament Parish, South Charleston
  • Christ The King Parish, Dunbar
  • Holy Trinity Parish, Nitro
  • Immaculate Conception Parish, Montgomery
  • Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Wayne
  • Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Huntington
  • Our Lady of The Hills Parish, Elkview
  • Risen Lord Parish, Maysel
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Williamson
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Point Pleasant
  • Sacred Heart Parish, Huntington
  • Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Parish, Charleston
  • St. Agnes Parish, Charleston
  • St. Anthony Parish, Charleston
  • St. Edmund Parish, Man
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish, St. Albans
  • St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Logan
  • St. John Parish, Belle
  • St. Joseph Parish, Huntington
  • St. Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Madison
  • St. Peter Claver Parish, Huntington
  • St. Stephen Parish, Ona
  • Good Shepherd Mission, Coalburg
  • St. Anne Mission, Clendenin
  • St. Anthony's Shrine Mission, Boomer
  • St. Barbara Mission, Chapmanville
  • St. Joseph Mission, Mason
  • St. Joseph the Worker Mission, Whitesville
  • St. Patrick Mission, Bancroft [5]

Beckley Vicariate

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

Clarksburg Vicariate

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

Parkersburg Vicariate

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

Weston Vicariate

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

High schools

Former schools


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