Effective June 1, 2022

We are pleased to announce that we are open for day guests and overnight retreats. Groups will comprise of no more than 25 guests and up to 15 guests for overnight or longer retreats.

A great part of our mission at Ruah Spirituality Center is to invite people into the mystery of sacred silence with us; to help people experience-to know- an alive silence. In other words, we desire to help ourselves and others learn the language of God. This choice for silence and solitude is counter-cultural. It is experienced by some as ambarrassing and awkward, but we invite and encourage you to taste and know in your heart the fruitfulness of this practice.

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 against COVID before entering the property.

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
  • Individual Overnight Retreat Request form HERE
  • Group Overnight Retreat Request form HERE

We are continuing to offer both Virtual and On-Site opportunities for your spiritual enrichment.

Questions may be directed to Ruah Staff at (713) 928-6053, ext. 1228 or email us at Ruah@ccvi-vdm.org. 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.