From the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston: As many of you are aware, the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio, recently released a list of priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. Included in the list were the names of priests who have been stationed near, or who have celebrated liturgies and other events at parishes within the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, including our Catholic Schools. The Diocese encourages anyone who may be the victim of abuse by one of these priests, or any priest in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, to contact your local authorities or the Diocesan Office of Safe Environment at (304) 233-0880.


The Foundation for Inclusive Religious Education of West Virginia (FIRE WV) was founded in 2014 by a group of parents who shared a common dream – children with special needs who wanted to attend their parish schools with siblings and friends.

The group has secured a dedicated board of directors and community members who embrace inclusive Catholic education, and who are committed to helping raise the funds necessary to make this dream a reality.  FIRE WV will offer financial grants to qualifying schools within the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. These grants assist with the cost of special education teachers, para-educators and resources, enabling schools to educate children with special needs alongside their peers.

FIRE WV will enhance the education of all children by teaching acceptance, compassion, and the value of every child of God. Children will grow up knowing and appreciating each other’s unique gifts.

If you would like to get involved in the program, please contact the Superintendent of Catholic Schools, Vincent de Paul Schmidt, at or (304) 233-0880 ext. 318.

You are also invited to contribute your treasure to our program, by clicking the DONATE button below.


 If you would like to donate by check, please make your check out to “Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” put FireWV in the memo line and mail it to:
Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
P.O. Box 230
Wheeling, WV 26003



Thank you for your interest, your compassion, and your contribution.