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 Soup and Silence – First Friday of the Month – September through May at 12:00 Noon
***Soup and Silence:  February 1     Soup and Silence February 1 (click here for more information)


Online course for Spiritual Directors – Begins January 11, 2019           Formation of the Heart 2019  Click on this brochure for more information.

Formation of the Heart: Dispositions in Spiritual Direction Ministry a five-month online course for Spiritual Directors taught by Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph.D., LPC, Fellow – AAPC, Executive Director of The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality.  This course explores and integrates Adrian Van Kaam’s Human Formation science’s phasic formation and dispositions of the heart, and the dynamics of the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Supplemental readings from Schemel’s Beyond Individuation to Discipleship and Maureen Conroy’s Looking Into the Deep Well, assist the participants in developing advanced discernment insights, increased self-awareness, and skills for developing materials for spiritual direction ministry.
The course will be offered on these dates via ZOOM from 8:30 AM EST to 10:00 AM.
January 11, 2019          February 1          March 1       April 5        May 3
Please contact Sister Carole Riley with your interest at or call 412-901-4259



January 17-20, 2019:   Intensive  Workshop:  Methods of Directing the 19th Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life Flyer:  Retreat in Everyday Life 19th Ann 2019



March 9, 2019   What Am I Here For  What Am I Here For


Almost Heaven Retreats (2019)    May  24  to July 14  2019 Almost Heaven Retreats WVIS Brochure


 Continuing Professional Development October 2019:  2019 Continuing Professional Development (click here for flyer)

WVIS Fall-Winter 2018 Newsletter

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The Fall-Winter Edition of the WVIS Newsletter has been published:  10-8-18 WVIS Fall – Winter 2018 Newsletter





Sister Carole Riley CDP, Ph.D. Programs

Have you attended one of Sr. Carole Riley’s workshops and wished you had taped her presentation?

Now, many of her recorded programs are available for purchase.  Click below to see which programs are available.

Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph. D. Programs

2019 Almost Heaven Retreats Registration Information

Click here for the Almost Heaven Registration Brochure:   2019 Almost Heaven Retreats WVIS Brochure

Almost Heaven Retreats 2019

With anticipation, we are preparing for our 2019 Almost Heaven Summer Retreat at The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, located at 1601 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, WV 25311.  Click above to download the Almost Heaven Retreat Registration Brochure.  Retreats will be offered from May 24 through July 14, 2019.

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.

We hope you will register soon so we can guarantee a space for you.  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.

We look forward to welcoming you this summer,

Sister Carole Riley, CDP, Ph.D.
Executive Director
West Virginia Institute for Spirituality



Part-time help needed:  cooking, cleaning, maintenance.
If interested contact Sr. Carole Riley


**Volunteer your time at WVIS:
filing, housekeeping, cook a meal, answer the phone, weed the garden

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**Monetary donations:  coming soon you will be able to use your credit card to send a donation to WVIS.

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