The West Virginia Institute for Spirituality (WVIS) Retreat and Training Center provides a place for men and women to nurture their spirits. Saint Marie Victoire Therese Couderc, the namesake of this beautiful facility, dedicated her life to retreat ministry. In the same way, the men and women associated with WVIS  are committed to the ministry of spiritual direction through the work they do each day.

Our Mission

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

WVIS in the news…

WVIS offers Enneagram Conference via Zoom

   Are you curious about the Enneagram? The Enneagram is a sophisticated and powerful system for self-understanding, personal development, and spiritual transformation. This conference takes you into the depths of the Enneagram for your own personal...

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World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

  September 1st marked the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation... Pope Francis first instituted the September 1st World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation in 2015, serving as a way to encourage the faithful around the world to pray for our common...

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Enjoy a 3-minute Retreat

   All is Good The works of God are all of them good; every need when it comes he fills.  - Sirach 39:33 This morning you are invited to experience a 3-Minute Retreat offered daily by Loyola Press. This verse from Sirach, which is part of the retreat, draws our...

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WVIS offers workshops and programs throughout the year. These programs, many of which are available via Zoom, are aligned with our mission of providing opportunities for deepening mindfulness, prayer practice, interior peace, and for integrating moral and ethical values.

WVIS also offers programs for continuing education and/or CEU credits as applicable, for social workers, registered nurses, licensed professional counselors, and spiritual directors.

Satellite Locations

WVIS continues to expand its mission into new regions as its associate ministry directors are located in various locations. These individuals share the mission of WVIS through their shared charism of spiritual direction using their individual gifts and talents. Spiritual direction, programs, and other offerings are available through satellite locations either face-to-face or via Zoom.

Board of Directors

WVIS Board of Directors and Officers are elected to serve beginning in October each year. To view the Board of Directors, Members, Mission, Constitution and Bylaws as well as the WVIS Strategic Plan, click below.

History of WVIS

The Cenacle Retreat House (1114 Virginia Street, East) came to be when The Most Reverend Joseph H. Hodges, Bishop of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston requested the religious sisters of Our Lady of the Cenacle to develop a retreat house in downtown Charleston.

Initially, three volunteers came to staff the Cenacle: Sister Dorothy O’Brien, Sister Anna Carulli, and Sister Mary Pellicane from the Sisters of Eastern Province. Sister Carole Riley, a Sister of Divine Providence, offered to be an adjunct member.

The Cenacle was: a living prayer, in the heart of the city; a sacred space, in constant ministry, training disciples, among the faiths. For twenty-two years many activities were provided, including directed retreats, seminars, spiritual direction, training of spiritual directors, contemplative prayer, retreats for youth, programs, workshops, 30-day retreats, women’s retreats, as well as community and international programs.