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Avila Course “More Fruitful Than I Could Have Imagined”

Vita Rinaldi just finished her first course with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.

Vita Rinaldi. Photo used with permission.

Vita Rinaldi. Photo used with permission.

She shared the following:

My decision to become a student with the Avila Institute was not any easy one. In fact, I thought about it for more than a year. I just did not see how I could add one more task to my very full day.

I was also a little intimidated by the idea of going back to school. It has been well over 20 years since I have been in a graded classroom setting. And I had never taken an online class. The changes in technology can be quite overwhelming.

But I took a step out in faith and just trusted that God would take care of whatever needed taking care of. And He did. of course. Taking the “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God” course in the School of Spiritual Formation has been a true blessing in my life.

I enjoyed all the course materials and found the time I spent doing the readings and recording the journal entries easily managed. There was plenty of help from the institute to get me through any bumps in understanding the technology so that became less of a concern as the class progressed. 

I highly recommend enrolling and taking a class. The time spent listening to the lectures and hearing other students questions was so much more fruitful than I could have imagined. My relationship with God has been strengthened by this experience. I have already signed up for another course!


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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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