Newsletter #3

Please enjoy reading our new newsletter!  New members and many familiar ones are contributing.  Please click on the link below and see all the new activities going on at WVIS.

WVIS 2020 – 3

Emotional Sobriety Program Offering

Sally Orcutt is offering a 6 week online program on Emotional Sobriety using Zoom. Participants can opt for either morning or afternoon session. Times: 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. or  2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (EST). When you register, please state your choice of time.
Please click on the link below for more information. 

Emotional Sobriety Course using Zoom

New Edition of the History of WVIS available

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality is pleased to announce a new edition of The History of WVIS.  This book is now available for purchase and your reading pleasure.   Throughout the chapters, you will see our growth and progress from 2010-2019.

As you review the second decade of WVIS history, first, join us in giving thanks for God’s Providential development of the Institute, second, for Christina St. Clair, who compiled, integrated, and creatively crafted a testimony to God’s faithfulness to the anawim.  Third, ponder the people blessed through participation, but more importantly, BLESS those who have given of their own gifts to bless others.

The donation for this book is $35.00 plus shipping (media rate is $4.50).

Also available, the history of WVIS from 1999-2009 written by Ginny Masters the donation for this book is $20.00 plus shipping (media rate is $2.00).

You may request your book through email at,  or call WVIS 304.345.0926.

Gratitude for Sr. Ritamary, ASCJ

“Behold, I am making all things new”.
                                                                                                                  Revelation 21:5

Sister Ritamary Schulz, A.S.C.J, Associate Spiritual Director at The West Virginia Institute, has been reassigned to Hamden, Connecticut.  This change in ministry takes place August, 2020.

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality has been blessed with the gift of her presence and ministry.  Each month she travels to our southern satellite in Beckley, Bluefield and Princeton, West Virginia providing spiritual direction.  In addition, Sr. Ritamary serves as a faculty member in our Associate Spiritual Direction Training program, offers supervision to our Associate Spiritual Directors and Interns and provides Ignatian silent directed retreats.  Her love of God, her dedication and enthusiasm in the area of spirituality are reflected daily in all that she does.   As she is able, she will continue her ministry with WVIS.

Please join us in giving thanks to God for the time she has been with us in West Virginia and that she is abundantly blessed in her new ministry in Connecticut.

New Offering by Dr. Carole Riley, CDP: Spiritual Direction Supervision

During the month of July, Dr. Carole Riley will present a Zoom only Video Conference on developing spiritual direction supervision skills.  Please click on the link below for more information.

Spiritual Direction Supervision

Mary: Vision of Hope Reflection Booklet

PRAY through May with MARY: Vision of Hope 
Mary: Vision of Hope Prayers and Reflections Booklet (click here)
31 reflections for you to pray during the month of May and/or anytime.
Printed copies available for $5.00. Additional Charges for Postage. 

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A Prayer For Time of Pandemic


Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us. AMEN. Kerry Weber –

Almost Heaven Retreats 2020

Please see the flyer and registration form for our Annual Almost Heaven Retreats., May 21 – July 12, 2020.
Also please see below the Almost Heaven Retreat brochure for 2021.
Welcome to God’s peace and quiet reflection!

2020 Almost Heaven Retreats WVIS Brochure

2021 AlmostHeavenRetreats WVIS Brochure

Upcoming Programs and Retreats at WVIS Here

 G.R.A.S.P. (Grief Recovery After Substance Passing)
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month
6-8 pm
West Virginia Institute for Spirituality
Cenacle Hall
Denise Hanson, RN, Facilitator


 Almost Heaven Retreats (2020)   –   Get a head start on 2020 –    2020 Almost Heaven Retreats WVIS Brochure
The directed retreat is a silent time in which the retreatant is guided through a prayer experience by a personal spiritual director.  The retreatant meets daily with the director to reflect upon the prayer experience and to discern in the light of the experience how to proceed.  The material for prayer is Scripture.  If you have never made a directed retreat, a Friday evening through Sunday morning is a recommended introduction.  A weekend retreat is helpful in preparing retreatants to make longer retreats such as a 3 to 8 day retreat, or the thirty day experience.  If you would like more information or the opportunity to talk more about this, call (304) 345-0926.  Our facility accommodates only 15 retreatants at a time.  Our meals always include a vegan option and the facility is air conditioned.
Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph.D.
Executive Director West Virginia Institute for Spirituality


 Continuing Professional Development October 2020:  Flyer Continuing_Professional_Development-2020 October


January 16-19, 2020  Intensive Workshop: Methods of Directing the 19th Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life     2020 Retreat in Everyday Life 19th Annotation (flyer with registration 


Soup and Silence 2019-2020  2019-2020 Soup and Silence Brochure

WVIS Newsletters – 2019 – 2020



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Newsletter #3 2019:    WVIS Newsletter Number 3, 2019…
 The Spring-Summer Edition of the WVIS Newsletter:  WVIS Spring-Summer 2019 Newsletter
The Winter Edition of the WVIS Newsletter :  WVIS Winter 2019 Newsletter (click here to read the newsletter)
The Summer-Fall Edition of  the WVIS Newsletter: WVIS Summer-Fall 2019 Newsletter
Winter-Spring 2020 Edition of the WVIS Newsletter:  WVIS_Newsletter

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