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Reverend Shaji Thomas
Administrator
Father Shaji Thomas was born in India in 1968.  Father Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Political Science, Sociology and Philosophy, and a master’s degree in Theology and Social Work. Father was ordained on January 4th, 1997. He spent the next 11 years in India and then moved to the United States and became a U.S. Citizen. Over the past 24 years Father Thomas has been blessed with diverse and rewarding ministries: - Vocations Promoter/Recruiter - Taught in two different Seminaries - Managed a center for reforming/nurturing street and orphan boys in New Delhi, India - Chaplain for a correction center in the Sacramento, California prison system - Pastor and Associate Pastor in various parishes in both India and the United States. This year, 2021 marks the 25th year since Father Thomas was ordained. Father Thomas took over as the “New Shepherd” / Administrator at both Sacred Heart and St. Peter Claver Catholic Churches in Huntington, WV on January 25, 2021. 
Traci Ferguson
Music Minister
Traci is a long time member of Sacred Heart. In addition to being Sacred Heart’s Music Minister she is also currently the Director of the Marshall Newman Center. She has two children Garrett and Layla.

Parish Staff

Lena Caproni Adkins
Secretary/Bookkeeper
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
9:00AM-2:00PM
Lena grew up in Ashland, Kentucky, and attended Holy Family Parish School grades 1-12. Lena made her First Communion, was confirmed, and was married all at the Holy Family Parish. Her spouse is Lafe Adkins and they have been married since 1974. She graduated from Marshall University Technical College with a Health Science Degree. Lena was a Registered Health Information Technologist (RHIT), certified in Minimum Data Set (MDS) and was an International Certification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, ICD-10 trainer. She retired from Paramedial Consultants, where she worked for 17 years. She officially took the position of Secretary/Bookkeeper here at Sacred Heart in November 2017. She and Lafe live in Prichard, WV.

Church Organization Leaders

Katie Ergenekon
President, Parish Council
Wayne Budrus
Burke Fund
Lydia Spurlock
President, St. Ann Circle
Pat Reger
President, Finance Committee

CCD Teachers

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD), is an old term for religious education for those in elementary and high school.  The term CCD has tried to be changed to simple “religious education”, however, it is so engrained that it is still called CCD.

While teaching about God and faith is essential, CCD strives to teach young people to love God and serve him and others.  This is no easy task.  We owe our CCD teachers our respect and appreciation.

Dolores Foose
Substitute
Dotty Hatten
Pat Manis
Jim Schray
Kateryna Schray
Lydia Spurlock
President, St. Ann Circle