Ruah Spirituality Opening for Days of Prayer Only Effective September 7, 2021 (No overnight Guests)


We are pleased to announce that we will begin to re-open Ruah Spirituality Center beginning September 7, 2021. Our hours will be Monday-Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Individuals and small groups will be welcome for Days of Prayer only, no overnight guests yet. Groups will comprise of no more than 10-15 people.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing support. We appreciate the love and friendship and the deep sense of community we continue to share through these times. We want you to know that the health and well-being of our guests, employees and Sisters is still our top priority.

This is also the residence of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, we will require that all guests have a reservation and be fully vaccinated before entering the property. We are also requiring all guests to wear masks, and practice social distancing while on campus.

If you plan to spend the whole day in prayer and reflection, please bring your own lunch, as meal services will not be available yet. We will provide drinks in the Ruah dining room. To schedule time in prayer in our sacred space, please complete the applicable request form: 

  • Individual Day of Prayer Request form HERE
  • Group Day of Prayer Request form HERE

All guests must supply evidence of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 upon entry to the Villa. Please provide proof of vaccination upon check in.

We plan to offer both Virtual and On-Site opportunities for the remainder of 2021.

Questions may be directed to Miriam Alvarez at (713) 928-6053, ext. 1228 or email us at We look forward to welcoming you back to our sacred space and grounds.

Jeannette Easley
Ruah Center Director

Welcome to the Ruah Center at Villa de Matel

Ruah Spirituality Center, a ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, focuses primarily on promoting the re-creation of the human spirit. Its primary work is to plan for and welcome individuals and groups who seek healing and intimacy with the Divine afforded by an environment of beauty, quiet and reverence for all life.

Individuals who seek a few hours of prayer, a day of prayer or a longer period of retreat are welcome. Groups who intend to give significant time to silent seeking and later sharing out of the silence are also welcome.

Ruah is located within Villa de Matel, the motherhouse of the CCVI Congregation, just a few miles from downtown Houston. We share the convent with a number of the Sisters’ active ministries; however, Ruah’s spaces are set apart for silence. Silence is presented as nonnegotiable: it is offered as a gift and guarded as a treasure for those who seek. Here people are led to rest in God’s presence; then the same Breath of God (ruah) who drew them here sends them out to confidently echo the good news of God’s love on the streets of their lives.

Who comes to Ruah Center?

The diversity of people that come to Ruah is a good example of what being “catholic” means: universal.  We welcome members of many Christian denominations and from other faith traditions. Many people do not know that the hunger which leads them to seek a place of quiet is itself a gift. When they taste and relish what we provide, we simply encourage them to develop trust in the deepest longings of their hearts. Ruah also attracts many who have been offended or disillusioned by the church in which they have grown up— then we provide experiences which initiate reconciliation.

We are also connecting with our Hispanic neighbors and immigrants.  When they attend the Sisters’ ESL classes, they are introduced to Ruah where their spirituality and culture are affirmed, their faith is nourished and they are introduced to various methods of prayer.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction concerns your relationship with God – observing God’s movement through the circumstances of your life, considering how to respond, and growing in trust that you are indeed a dwelling place for God’s Spirit. Commonly understood, spiritual direction is:

  • A relationship between two persons centered in and open to the work of the Spirit;
  • A time for the seeker to share how one experiences God’s presence or action in one’s life and what seems to be
    blocking or retarding responsiveness to God’s movements;
  • A relationship through which the seeker opens oneself to accountability for spiritual practice, especially prayer;
  • An opportunity for receiving suggestions which the director deems suitable.

Spiritual Directors

We have two directors on staff.  Currently, Spiritual Direction is available by telephone, online via Zoom or in person. Direction is also available in Spanish.

Appointment Request Form

Click here.