Conference Staff

Rev. Msgr. Edward Sadie, V.F.
Executive Director

A native of West Virginia - he grew up in the Syrian-American community of Parkersburg - Msgr. Sadie has served as a priest of the diocese since 1957. The first decade of his ministry gave him a wide experience in pastoral roles and in teaching and serving as chaplain to college students and to seminarians. Since 1969 he has been a pastor in Charleston, since 1980 as the pastor of the diocese's co-cathedral. In the past quarter century as the Rector of the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, he has given leadership to the Charleston Catholic community in diocesan education, in ecumenical efforts, and as spokesperson on many public issues. His valuable service to the Church of West Virginia was recognized in 2005 in his appointment as a 'Monsignor,' that is to say, as a 'Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.' This honor scarcely marks an end to his ministry: not only do his other duties continue, but in 2005 he was appointed Executive Director of the WV Catholic Conference.


Rev. Brian O'Donnell, S.J.
Executive Secretary

Fr. O'Donnell is delighted to be missioned to West Virginia for the third time in his life. He is a member of the Jesuit community at Wheeling Jesuit University and is Research Director of the Appalachian Institute there. His Ph.D. dissertation had to do with the reaction of regions to the collapse of their industrial base. During the 1990s, he worked at the University of Detroit Mercy linking the university with efforts to improve the social and economic situation on the neighborhood and metropolitan levels. His research interests also include humans relation the landscapes they live within.


Nick Casey

Nick Casey - Born October 19, 1953. Married to Mary Panzera Casey with two children: Erin, Anthony. Graduate of the University of Kentucky (1974) and the West Virginia University College of Law (1977). Certified Public Accountant (1979). Past President - West Virginia State Bar, Past President - West Virginia Bar Foundation, Inc., Past President - Kanawha County Bar Association, Past President - West Virginia University Law School Development Council. President - St. Thomas Moore Catholic Lawyers Society, Past President and former Board Member - Charleston Catholic High School Board of Governors. Diocesan Lobbyist for over 20 years. Chairman - St. Francis Hospital Board of Trustees, Chairman - St. Agnes Catholic Church school addition and church renovation fundraising, Chairman - Charleston Catholic High School Expansion Campaign, Chairman - Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral Parish and School Capital Campaign. Treasurer - Serra Club of Charleston Division of Serra International. HOPE home construction volunteer.


Matthew Bowles

Matthew R. Bowles graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bowling Green State University in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and he earned his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee, Magna Cum Laude, in 2007. He is a commercial and transactional lawyer and has represented a wide variety of businesses and non-profit organizations in a number of legal, regulatory and business matters. Matthew works with the Catholic Conference of West Virginia helping to represent the interests of the Conference, including at the West Virginia Legislature. He is a graduate of the Leadership West Virginia Class of 2013 and is actively involved in Charleston and throughout the State, sitting on a number of Boards and committees including the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities West Virginia, Inc., the largest private provider of social services in West Virginia. Matthew and his wife Jenna are members of St. Agnes parish in Charleston.