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Concert to benefit West Virginia Institute for Spirituality

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Believing that the idea of paying off a mortgage is something to sing about, the West Virginia Institute for Spirituality has enlisted the triple-harmony help of the folk trio BrotherSisters to help it move another step closer to making its 100-year-old East End home debt-free.

A benefit concert featuring the BrotherSisters will take place Friday starting at 7 p.m. in Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church at 1600 Kanawha Boulevard E., just across a parking lot from the Institute's 1612 Virginia St. E. headquarters.

WVIS came into being in 1998 as an independent, ecumenical nonprofit organization charged with continuing and enhancing the spiritual ministry of the Cenacle retreat center, after the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston closed the Cenacle and converted it into the Cordis Center.

After operating temporarily from a rented home on the 1400 block of Virginia Street, WVIS bought its permanent home, a three-story 1902-vintage brick home adjacent to Trinity Lutheran, the B'nai Jacob Synagogue and the Woman's Club of Charleston.

In addition to offering spiritual retreats and spiritual direction clinics, WVIS sponsors workshops on topics ranging from dealing with grief management to anger management, along with "time-out" programs for single moms and Soup and Silence lunches.

"We still have much to pay on the mortgage, and the funds from the concert will be used for that purpose," said Sister Carole Riley, WVIS executive director, a member of the Sisters of Divine Providence community, and a music professor at Duquesne University. "When our mortgage is paid off, we will work toward employing full-time office and ministry staff."

The BrotherSisters will feature original songs as well as choice covers from the American songbook, according to Doug Imbrogno, who along with fellow guitarist Albert Perrone and percussionist Marylin McKeown, make up the trio.

A $5 donation is requested for Friday's concert.


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