New Opportunity for Group Spiritual Direction

Terry Mathias, an Associate Spiritual Director at WVIS, will be offering Group Spiritual Direction, using the book, The Relentless Love of God by Brennan Manning.  Please see flyer below.

The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus brochure

2020 Intensive Certification for the 19th Annotation

January 16-19, 2020 welcomed nineteen participants preparing for and receiving certification in the Retreat in Everyday Life, commonly known as the 19th Annotation.  Members of the group came from Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maine, West Virginia, and Virginia.  Congratulations to participants and staff!

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Suggested Reading from Fr. Bill Petro

For those interested in reading more of Thomas Merton, see below Chapter 7: “Being and Doing” from No Man Is An Island.

Being and Doing from Merton No Man Is an Island

Centering Prayer: An Introduction

Please join us for an introduction to Centering Prayer.  This presentation will be given by the WVIS staff: Fr. Bill Petro, Charles E. Boll II, Sr. Carole Riley and Bob Sylvester on February 29, 2020 from 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM.  Please see the flyer with registration form below.

Centering Prayer 2020

Sr. Molly Maloney will be a Guest Speaker

On Sunday, January 5, 2020, at 1:00 pm, at Blessed Sacrament Church in South Charleston, Sister Molly Maloney, OSF will speak about Consecrated Life with Fr. John Finnell who will give an informative talk on Holy Orders.  These topics are part of the Whole Parish Faith Formation Program.

Please Pray for Sr. Mary Pellicane

Sr. Mary Pellicane, r.c. needs your prayer as she was hospitalized from 12:20-12:25; and  has undergone emergency surgery. 

First Step at WVIS

Please open the flyer below for a new event introducing the Step One of the 12 Steps Program on

February 1, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.


WVIS first step flyer

2019 Advent Reflections ~ December 1-December 31

Please see these very inspirational reflections in booklet form below.

WVIS Advent Reflections Online 

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 2019:  2019 Continuing Professional Development Flyer and Registration Form


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

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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

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