Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
Thank you for visiting the website of the Basilica Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston.
The mother Church of the Catholic parishes located within the Kanawha Valley, Sacred Heart Parish was established in 1866 by Rev. Joseph Stenger. Anticipating by 11 years the new State’s decision to make Charleston the permanent capital of West Virginia, Father Stenger made Sacred Heart Parish his base of operations for missionary activities throughout the greater Kanawha Valley, establishing seven missions over the next 34 years.
Following Father Stenger’s example, Bishop Joseph Hodges, the 5th Bishop of Wheeling, obtained Vatican approval for the realignment of the Diocese to conform to the State’s boundaries and the renaming of the Diocese as Wheeling-Charleston. The Holy See designated Sacred Heart Parish, Charleston, as the Diocese’s Co-Cathedral in the same Papal decree of August 21, 1974.
The Basilica Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Charleston, serves as the southern seat of the Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston and, in addition to recognizing the significant presence of the Catholic Church, its parishes, missions, and ministries in the State’s southern region, gives the Church an anchor within the Capital city. As such, this Church is an outward sign of the Diocese’s commitment to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the entire Mountain State and ensuring that the Church’s interests and charitable endeavors are recognized and promoted within State government and among the people of West Virginia.
In honor of the 150th Anniversary of Sacred Heart Parish’s foundation, I was pleased to undertake renovations to the Church’s sanctuary while maintaining and improving the noble beauty of the worship space. I encourage you to visit the Basilica Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in person, to see the new Altar, Ambo, and Cathedra and to worship with this community of faith. In the meantime, I invite you to enjoy this website and to learn more about our Basilica Co-Cathedral, our Diocese, and our wonderful Catholic faith.
Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady, Help of Christians, I am,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Michael J. Bransfield
Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston
Greetings in the Lord and welcome!
In the name of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, I welcome you to our website. May you find in these pages a wonderful glimpse of the life and activities of our Catholic community here in Charleston. We strive to grow in the love of God and in the name of the Lord Jesus, empowered by the Holy Spirit. As you navigate these pages, may this website be of great help to you on your journey of faith. We invite you to join us at our beautiful Basilica as we celebrate our Lord through the Sacraments and service to others. Please contact me if I can be of any help to you.
Very Rev. Donald X. Higgs, A.V.F.
News & Events
- Catholic Young Adults of Charleston meet every second Tuesday of the month.
Pastor: The Most Rev. Bishop Michael J. Bransfield
Rector: The Very Rev. Fr. Donald X. Higgs, Assoc. V.F.
Assoc. Rector: The Rev. Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge, MA, MDiv.
Office Hours: M – F 8:30AM-4:30PM
The Basilica is a pilgrimage site for the Diocesan Shrine of the Santo Niño, and the Annunciation and Tree of Life Gardens.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (R.C.I.A.)
For those who are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith or those who are Catholic and have been away from the Church.