Our Parish

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“I will go peaceably and firmly to the Catholic Church: for if Faith is so important to our salvation, I will seek it where true Faith first began, seek it among those who received it from God Himself.” – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Located on the West Virginia University downtown campus, St. John University Parish was originally erected in 1925 as a chapel to support the Catholic community of WVU. In 1966, the church was raised to the status of a parish. Since our beginning, we have been seeking to grow in holiness as disciples of Jesus Christ, who in turn strive to bring others to Him and His Church.

Our parish community has been called to witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church at West Virginia University by serving the students, faculty, staff, and families of the greater Morgantown area. As a parish devoted to campus ministry, we provide opportunities for students and adults to participate in the sacramental life of the Church, to deepen one’s spiritual life, to serve the poor and disadvantaged, and to develop meaningful, lifelong relationships with other Catholics on campus and throughout greater Morgantown.

Mountaineer Catholic Campus Ministry

Our Newman Hall is always open for our students to spend time together, study, and grow in their faith. Our campus ministry program, Mountaineer Catholic, sponsors weekly formational and recreational events for our students such as Bible studies, Dinner for a Dollar, movie nights, prayer groups, and various socials. Students are encouraged to attend daily Mass and make frequent use of the Sacrament of Confession.  Spring and Fall semester retreats also help our students take time out of their busy school schedule to deepen their relationship with Christ. Contact our campus minister, Colleen Criste (see below), for more information on our campus ministry!

We look forward to adoring and serving our Lord with you.

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Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge
Rev. Fr. Brian J. Crenwelge
Pastor, Director of Campus Ministry, Director of Vocations, Courage Chaplain
Rev. Fr. Phillip Szabo
Rev. Fr. Phillip R. Szabo
Parochial Vicar

Parish Staff

Jacqueline Mercer
Parish Secretary
Carla Comer
Parish Accountant
John Lojewski
Director of Religious Education
Ross Semler
Director of Sacred Music and Liturgy
Tom Riffon
Maintenance and Property Manager

Campus Ministry (Mountaineer Catholic)

Colleen Criste
Campus Minister, Director of Programs and Development for Campus Ministry

Meet Our Campus Minister!

Hi! My name is Colleen Criste, and I am the Director of Programs and Development for Campus Ministry for WVU! I’m also known more informally as the campus “Mom!”

A little about me: I have been married to my husband Dan for 29 years, and we have 8 beautiful children and a big German Shepherd named Sarge. We relocated to Morgantown from Bedford, VA two years ago.

I used to spend Summers visiting my cousins in Morgantown, and my uncle who was an English professor at WVU for over 30 years. One of my favorite memories from childhood was riding the PRT downtown with my cousin Paul and sitting in the stands for a WVU basketball game at the Coliseum.

I love Jesus and coffee, and food of all kinds – the spicier the better! I enjoy all things outdoors: hiking, kayaking, swimming, skiing, tennis…but not camping. I’m more of a Glamper.

I also love to laugh. Joy is a fruit of the Holy Spirit! If you can make me laugh, we’ll be friends for life.

I have been known to pray spontaneously in a crisis, and I’m a very good listener.

My desire is to serve the spiritual needs of the students with grace and love to the best of my ability. I look forward to meeting each of you personally!

Parish Groups

Women’s Group

All women of St. John University Parish are welcome to join the Women’s Group.

The group was formed to provide support in spiritual growth and opportunities for outreach. The women participate in events, small groups and Bible studies, and service committees. The women meet every fourth Monday of the month in the Sophia Center at 7 p.m. Join us!

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Titus 2 Men’s Group

The Titus 2 Men’s group is a men’s prayer group at St. John’s. The group meets 1st, 3rd and 4th Mondays at 7:00 pm in Potter’s Cellar to pray for St John University Parish. All are invited. For more information, please contact Bob Carubia.

“In his teaching, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray with a purified heart, with lively and persevering faith, with filial boldness. He calls them to vigilance and invites them to present their petitions to God in his name. Jesus Christ himself answers prayers addressed to him.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church 2621

St. John University Parish – Council 8288

Charter Date: February 15, 1983 | Meetings: 1st Mon 7:00 PM

GRAND KNIGHT:Thomas Sieban | thomassieban@gmail.com
FINANCIAL SECRETARY: Michael Sarcopski | Phone: C: (304) 906-9410 | msaccopski@live.com


Mountaineer Catholic is blessed to partner with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) as we serve the Catholic students at WVU in campus ministry. FOCUS is a national outreach that invites college students into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Each year, teams of FOCUS missionaries are sent to college campuses at the invitation of the local bishop and with the support of the local Catholic campus ministry. They help change lives on campus and have been doing an amazing job here at WVU!

Interested in getting involved in a FOCUS Bible Study? Check out more info at

Post-Grads/Young Professionals/Young Families

We invite all those who have recently graduated, as well as those into their 30s, who are single, married, and have families to join our St. John young adults/professionals group. We meet monthly for fellowship and faith-building. Please feel free to find out more by emailing Charlotte Velloso at charlotte.velloso@outlook.com.

Courage Apostolate

Courage members are men and women who experience same-sex attractions and who have made a commitment to strive for chastity. They are inspired by the Gospel call to holiness and the Catholic Church’s beautiful teachings about the goodness and inherent purpose of human sexuality.

Through our apostolate, people who experience same-sex attraction receive pastoral support in the form of spiritual guidance, community prayer support, and fellowship.

The Five Goals of Courage are:

  1. To live chaste lives in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality (Chastity);
  2. To dedicate our entire lives to Christ through service to others, spiritual reading, prayer, meditation, individual spiritual direction, frequent attendance at Mass, and the frequent reception of the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Eucharist (Prayer and Dedication);
  3. To foster a spirit of fellowship in which we may share with one another our thoughts and experiences, and so ensure that no one will have to face the problems of homosexuality alone (Fellowship);
  4. To be mindful of the truth that chaste friendships are not only possible but necessary in a chaste Christian life; and to encourage one another in forming and sustaining these friendships (Support);
  5. To live lives that may serve as good examples to others (Good Example/Role Model).

More information can be found on Courage’s official website. If you experience same-sex attraction and would like to be part of our local Courage Chapter, please email couragedwc@gmail.com.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Courage Chapter | Clean Heart Online

Confraternity of St. Nicholas

The Confraternity of Saint Nicholas is a public association of the faithful who, through prayer, fasting, and good works, are dedicated to the protection of all children from scandalization, abuse, and trafficking. The members of the Confraternity, by fulfilling its obligations, gain many spiritual benefits. Members enjoy the intercession of St. Nicholas, great wonder worker, Bishop, and patron of children. We pray that, as St. Nicholas defended the Divinity of Christ, he too by our prayers, fasting, and good works defends all children from harm. Click here for more information.

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St. John University Parish
1481 University Ave
Morgantown, WV 26505


(304) 296 – 8231