Services

Cultivating the Soil of the Heart

SPIRITUAL MENTORING

Trained Spiritual Mentors, graduates of the AVI Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program, serve as guides and companions to others on their journey to holiness. For those mentored, formation on the interior life awakens in their hearts a yearning for sanctity.

Designed for Catholics who have a desire to develop a deep prayer and sacramental life, this formation equips people to know their faith more deeply, live their faith within the context of the modern world and pass their faith on to future generations. This mentoring cultivates the soil of the heart to make more fruitful ground for living out the vocation to love within Theology of the Body.

Psychological Services

RWPS aids the mission of Ruah Woods to “help men and women live their vocation to love” by providing high quality psychological services grounded in a Catholic vision of the human person. In fact, you have no greater calling than to give and receive love. When this simple truth gets lost, a number of personal and social issues can grow and threaten to overtake your life. And then it’s hard to know where to turn for help.

We welcome you where you are. It’s our privilege to journey with you to wholeness. As Catholic psychologists, we strive to look at the whole person, using our knowledge of science and faith to assist you in realizing the person you were created to be. We’re here for you, to help you more fully live your vocation to love.

Sharing the Campus

FIND YOURSELF HERE

Ruah Woods is located in a quiet corner of Western Hills surrounded by God’s creation – brook, meadow, woods and birdcall. It has become a perfect place to “get away” for many allied groups to recollect, strategize and reflect on their own place in the New Evangelization. We welcome such organizations as Cincinnati Right to Life, Retrouvaille, Couple to Couple League, Serra Club and many others to do just that by sharing our campus.

To inquire about using our facilities for your group, contact us here.

School Of Faith

Ruah Woods is proud to play a lead role in introducing School of Faith to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. It is the vision of Archbishop Schnurr that “the School of Faith will be a catalyst for helping the entire Archdiocese prioritize lifelong education and formation.” This is not your typical professional development program. This is a personal transformation through an encounter with Christ. The program focus for each teacher is simple – making real the love of Christ to the young people entrusted to their care.

MISSION OF THE SCHOOL OF FAITH

Holy Family School of Faith’s program of Catholic formation is designed to provide faith formation for the faculty and administration of a Catholic school. Its purpose is to provide the theological foundation upon which an authentic Catholic culture can be developed. It is comprehensive in its content, but always with the intent of explaining the faith in a simple and engaging way.

MISSION OF THE SCHOOL OF FAITH

  1. Intellectual Formation in the Catholic ideas or truths by studying the Old and New Testament, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, virtue, moral principles, social doctrine, and the theology of the body.
  2. Interior formation concentrating on growth in a deep relationship with Christ through prayer.
  3. Community and friendship, as our faith is relational.
  4. Spiritual Apostolate: Apply the truth, beauty, and goodness of the Catholic faith to everything we do in the school, as an application of our baptismal mission to draw others to Christ and his Church.

THE FORMAT

The program is designed to provide each school with 30 hours of instructor-lead faith formation during the school year (August to May). 30 contact hours per year are necessary to develop all four pillars. We have found that meeting once a month for three hours during a span of 10 months is most effective format. Cognizant of the many time constraints a school faces, the School of Faith will work with each school to create a schedule of formation which best suits the individual school. We recognize that flexibility is essential as long as we conduct this formation in such a way that promotes retention, continuity and cohesiveness.

FORMING TEACHERS IN THE THEOLOGY OF THE BODY

As part of the program, Ruah Woods staff is presenting Theology of the Body to teachers in collaboration with School of Faith. We are committed to forming teachers so they are equipped to share Theology of the Body with their students. We will continue to serve as a support system for teachers and students, fielding questions and providing timely advice on how to convey this teaching in the classroom.