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Mystical Phenomena and So Much More!

Are you involved in work for an apostolate or interested in spiritual direction? The “Introduction to Spiritual Theology” course offered “live online” this spring from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is a systematic presentation of topics specifically designed for your interest and concerns.

It includes lecture topics of:

  • The universal call to holiness;
  • The indwelling of the Trinity;
  • The nature and stages of Christian perfection;
  • The supernatural organism and the Christian life;
  • Identification with Jesus and Mary;
  • The kinds and stages of prayer;
  • The means to spiritual maturity appropriate for the various stages of life;
  • Discernment of spirits; and
  • Ordinary and extraordinary mystical phenomena.

Introduction to Spiritual Theology is the entryway course to our Graduate program. Students are advised to take this course as one of their first with the Avila Institute.

This class might be for you if:

  • You have an interest in any of these topics.
  • You’ve always wanted to study Catholicism in more depth.
  • You’re interested in becoming a spiritual director.
  • You work in or for an apostolate and feel like you’re lacking in knowledge of your faith.

Not interested in a Graduate certificate program? We offer courses in the School of Spiritual Formation, too. We’ll be talking more about those in coming weeks.

The registration deadline for Spring Quarter courses is January 15. For more information on any of our programs, please contact me at or visit and feel free to use our new chat feature where I can help answer your questions.

Other classes being offered in Spring 2015:

  • Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities (Graduate Program)
  • The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer (Graduate Program)
  • Spiritual Warfare in Modern Times – CS Lewis and the Screwtape Letters (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Living the Virtuous Life (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Evangelization and the Spiritual Life (School of Spiritual Formation)
  • Angels and Demons (School of Spiritual Formation)

With live, interactive, online courses, the Avila Institute can bring the classroom to you no matter where you are located in the world. Want to know more about what the Avila Institute has to offer you? Read more here.

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About Nicole Garcia

Nicole Garcia is an Admissions Counselor for the Avila Institute. She is excited to speak with anyone who is interested in learning more about the Avila Institute. All those discerning the Avila Institute are in her prayers. Know that if you feel even a tiny pull or interest, Nicole hopes to hear from you! To learn more about the School of Spiritual Formation or the Graduate Program at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, please contact Nicole at or 520-429-4524.

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