Observance of 125th anniversary of establishment of Diocese, with special commemorative service at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling, and Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral in Charleston, and in each Deanery. Bishops of Appalachia promulgate Pastoral Letter, “This Land Is Home To Me.” St. Boniface Parish in Leading Creek and St. John Parish in Benwood, observed parish centennials. Wheeling Hospital dedicated at Medical Park in Wheeling, June 1. Former building on Main Street in Wheeling converted to Extensive Care facility. Two official pilgrimages to Rome for Holy Year under chairmanship of Bishop Michaels. St. Stanislaus and Our Lady of Pompeii Parishes in Monongah, merged and renamed Holy Spirit Parish. Diocesan Department of Social Ministries established, with Marist Brother Ronald Mulholland, as first director. Diocesan Office for Pastoral Ministry of Religious established, with Sr. John Eudes Duffy, OLCR, first director. Over 90 South Vietnamese refugees resettled in Diocese. St. Elizabeth Mission in Philippi established as parish, with Rev. Damian Drass, TOR, administrator. St. Mary Mission in Petersburg established as a parish encompassing counties of Grant, Hardy, and Pendleton, with Rev. Richard B. Hite, MSsA, first pastor. Permanent Diaconate Formation Program initiated in Diocese with 12 candidates. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Franklin, Mission of St. Mary’s in Petersburg established, with Rev. Richard B. Hite, first administrator. Dedication of new church building at Terra Alta Mission; name of mission changed from Help of Christians to St. Edward the Confessor.