Saint Francis de Sales Church, the City of Beckley and Raleigh County lost a giant on Good Friday morning when God called Deacon Don Wise home to that place Jesus has prepared for those who love Him.

A beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Deacon Don spent countless hours fulfilling the challenge of Jesus to “Love one another as I have loved you!”

Visitation will be in our church on Monday, April 22, beginning at 5:00 pm. At 8pm there will be a Christian Wake Service, followed by the Rosary.

The funeral liturgy will be on Tuesday morning at 11am. May Deacon Don be welcomed into Heaven with these words of Jesus: “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Death is Only a Horizon

​We give them back to you, O Lord
​who first gave them to us;
​and as you did not lose them in the giving,
​so we do not lose them in the return.
​Not as the world gives do you give,
​O Lover of souls.
​For what is yours is ours also,
​if we belong to you.
​Life is unending because love is undying,
​and the boundaries of this life are but a horizon,
​and a horizon is but the limit of our vision.
​Lift us up, strong Son of God,
​that we may see further.
​Strengthen our faith that we may see beyond the horizon.
​And while you prepare a place for us,
​as you have promised,
​prepare us also for that happy place;
​that where you are we may be also,
​with those we have loved, forever.

​Bede Jarrett O.P.