"Be still and know."

— Psalm 46:10

The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) is dedicated to providing space and opportunities for deepening mindfulness, prayer practice, interior peace, and for integrating moral and ethical values.

WVIS is rooted and growing in the light of God’s love.

The WVIS Retreat House is located in Charleston, West Virginia. Retreatants have the opportunity to step away from their busy lives into the safe (Covid protocols remain in place) and nurturing atmosphere of both the Retreat House and if desired, the Hermitage. While here, you can relax and spend time in silence and be companioned on your spiritual journey with dedicated Spiritual Directors.

Can’t get away? Let WVIS and our dedicated spiritual directors journey with you either in person (see our list of Associate Spiritual Directors to find a spiritual director near you) or via Zoom.

Satellite Locations

The mission of WVIS is fueled by the charism of spiritual direction. Individuals called to be associate ministry directors serve as satellites of WVIS in a relationship of mutual support with the mission of WVIS at their center.

Offerings & Information

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual directors journey with individuals as they discern the invitations of the Holy Spirit.

Certified Supervisors

Supervisors provide a safe space for spiritual directors to reflect on their practice.

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WVIS offers a variety of programs (many of which include CEU credits) aligned with our mission.

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Training programs include spiritual direction, supervision, and the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.


WVIS offers weekend retreats and individual silent Ignatian directed retreats.

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WVIS resources for ongoing spiritual growth and prayerful meditation.


WVIS Celebrates with Sister Molly

On St. Patrick’s Day, the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) celebrated over 20 years of service with our own Irish Rose, Sister Molly Maloney. Sister Molly is a native of Charleston, West Virginia. A member of the sisters of St. Francis of Penance and...

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By Deborah Lockwood, OSF Listening…hearing…somewhat similar, but not exactly the same… Hearing has something to do with our ears…one notices the ear in “hear” very easily. Hearing is a sense that protects and sustains us, a sense important to our interactions, a sense...

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Karen Andruzis

Karen Andruzis has been volunteering at WVIS for forty-five years. That’s right-45 years. She started her career there upon graduating from Nitro High School and has never worked elsewhere. She has been a resident of Cross Lanes for more than 50 years and has been an...

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