WVIS Associate Spiritual Director, Dr. Carolyn Nickerson, Honored

We congratulate Dr. Carolyn Nickerson, Ph.D who has been chosen as the 2018 Honoree in Education for the Johnstown YWCA Tribute to Women!  Her dear friend, Barb Condor, made the nomination for which Carrie is very grateful for her efforts on her behalf.

She is full of gratitude for all of her mentors, colleagues, and friends from various organizations in her region that made it possible for her to do the work for which she is being honored, including Saint Francis University Department of Nursing and the Center for Community Based Health Ministry of DiSepio Institute, Mount Aloysius College, the Altoona/Johnstown Diocese, Saint Demetrius Parish and there are others outside the region who were also sources of energy and inspiration and providers of opportunities for her to grow and flourish.

Carrie says, “Thank you all! You should be honored, too…”

The program is described at  http://www.1ywcajohnstown.org/tribute-to-women-awards.html

Lenten Directed Retreat at WVIS begins March 23

“Return to Me With all Your Heart”  Lenten Directed Retreat begins March 23 at 6:00 PM.
The season of Lent invites us to turn to God with all our heart.
• Meditation
• Silence
• Individual Spiritual Direction
Click here for more information Lenten Directed Retreat 2018

Reflections for the Lenten Season

Click on this link to access Reflections for the Season of Lent:    WVIS Lent Reflections 2018

2019 Intensive Workshop: Methods of Directing the 19th Annotation Retreat in Everyday Life

Please click on the link below for complete information.

Retreat in Everyday Life 19th Ann 2019

WVIS Winter-Spring Newsletter

The Winter-Spring edition of the WVIS Newsletter has been published:  WVIS Winter-Spring 2018 Newsletter  (click this link)

Check out the latest on new programs being offered, articles on Thomas Merton, introduction to WVIS new Board president and new members of the Board, etc.

Soup and Silence


2017-18 Soup-Silence - revised

2017-18 Soup-Silence

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

2018 Almost Heaven Retreats Registration Information

Click here for the Almost Heaven Registration Brochure:   2018 WVIS Almost Heaven Retreats

Almost Heaven Retreats 2018

With anticipation, we are preparing for our 2018 Almost Heaven Summer Retreat at The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality, located at 1601 Virginia Street, East, Charleston, WV 25311.  Click here to download the Almost Heaven Retreat Registration Brochure.  Retreats will be offered from May 25, 2018 through July 15, 2018.

Our directors this year are: Sr. Carole Riley, CDP, Rev. Bill Petro, Sr. Molly Maloney, OSF, Sr. Ritamary Schulz, ASCJ, Rev. Mr. Thomas Soper, Dr. Elaine Soper, Sr. Mary Irene Sorber, SCC, Sr. Rose Ann Hefner, CSJ, Bob Sylvester, Kathy Lester, Eileen Chwalibog, Cynthia Neely, Leanna Mock Lake, Gerri Wright, Elizabeth Deal, Ann Winton and Donna Manko-Kochirka.

As you know 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. Please note there is an additional $20.00 charge for registering after May 11, 2018.  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

**Purchase Gift cards from:
Walmart, Kroger, Sam’s Club, Amazon for house and retreatant needs.

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

**k-cups for Keurig:  regular and decaf coffee, herbal teas


Do you shop online?  If so, your online shopping can benefit WVIS.  Here’s how:

1.  www.igive.com/button/
Add the i.give button to your browser – register and indicate you wish your shopping to help the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality. There are many stores on the igive site.  A percentage of your purchase will be sent to WVIS by those participating stores.

2.  You can shop smile.amazon.com, which is the exact same as Amazon.com.
However, when you go to smile.amazon.com, they will donate 0.5% of all of your purchases to a charity of your choice. This is not tax deductible, but also not an additional expense.

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