Parkersburg woman to receive Bishop’s Cross

PARKERSBURG — A teacher from Parkersburg will be among three lay women who will receive the Bishop’s Cross from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. The 24th annual Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools is scheduled April 22 at the Morgantown Event Center.

Anne Garvin has been a teacher at Parkersburg Catholic elementary and high school for 31 years. She is an alumna of Parkersburg Catholic Schools and a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington.

Garvin has served on the Social Committee, Parent Volunteer Association and Parkersburg Catholic Athletic Association. She has assisted with the Christmas play, spring play, Catholic Schools Week and the sixth grade graduation reception.

She is a member of St. Margaret Mary Parish in Parkersburg and participates with the Children’s Liturgy and sacramental preparation of Reconciliation and First Communion. Garvin and her husband, Greg, have four children, David, Andrew, Mary and Stephen.

Bransfield also will present the Aquinas Medal, the highest honor a student can receive from the diocese, to 26 students, one from each of its schools and Wheeling Jesuit University.

The St. Sebastian Medal will be awarded to 14 high-achieving student athletes, one female and one male from each Catholic high school and from Wheeling Jesuit University.

The Golden Apple Award will be presented to a high school teacher and an elementary school teacher for innovative teaching and 22 teachers will receive the Silver Apple Award.

“Catholic schools make a wonderful difference in the life of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,” Bransfield said. “In West Virginia, there is a strong enthusiasm for Catholic education, and we recognize and celebrate the educational and spiritual growth of our students.”

The Bishop’s Cross is presented to individuals who, through their lives and works, have demonstrated, in extraordinary ways, their commitment to the mission of Catholic education in West Virginia. Bransfield will present each recipient with a replica of the late Bishop Bernard W. Schmitt’s pectoral cross, representing his role and responsibility as teacher.

Schmitt began the event in 1995.

Also receiving the Bishop’s Cross are Stephanie Diedericks, a volunteer at St. Joseph School in Martinsburg, and Renee Schneid, a teacher in the Catholic schools for almost 33 years, most recently at Our Lady of Peace School in Wheeling.

The day will begin with a special Mass celebrated at 10 a.m. by Bransfield at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Morgantown. Reservations for the dinner are required and may be made by contacting Donna Clark at 304 233-0880, ext. 315.

Cost is $50 per ticket.

The Knights of Columbus will sponsor the Aquinas Medal presentation. Over the past 23 years, the K of C contributed $228,750 to support of the Bishop’s Dinner for Catholic Schools.

Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration will sponsor the St. Sebastian Medal presentation. For the fifth year, Highmark West Virginia is sponsoring the Bishop’s Cross presentation.