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You’re Never Too Old to Grow in the Spiritual Life


Spiritual Life

This testimonial was submitted by Jeanette Woodley and is used with her permission.


I am retired and am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I became fully engaged in a spiritual formation experience within “Foundations of Prayer and Union with God.”

It’s been a long time since I sat in a ‘classroom’ and I really looked forward to the online teaching sessions, assignments and the question-and-answer periods with the professor and students each week.

As a result [of this course], I already see many benefits to my spiritual life and expect to realize more as time unfolds. It has become much clear[er] how to expectantly follow along the spiritual pathway to a closer union with God.

It’s never too late to fully experience God’s love for you. If one is eager and fully engaged with an open heart, God will no doubt bless you abundantly through the many courses within the Avila Institute.


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Art: photo of Jeanette Woodley used with permission.


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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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  • Gloria Mulele

    i would like to know the cost of the courses

    • Gloria – did you ever connect with Nicole?

      • Gloria Mulele

        Good morning Dan?
        Thank you for your concern. Yes I did connect with Nicole and am yet to enroll when am ready. God bless you all.

  • Nicole, I really need Prayers. When the Avila Institute Courses began, I was very interested and eager to be an active Student. Surprisingly, as time goes on, I have lost that eagerness and something effectively blocks me from praying to God to give me the Grace to recover my initial interest.

    • Mary – this “something” blocking you might be the Lord’s way to lead you in another direction. However, be careful that you don’t slow in your spiritual growth…

      • Thank you, Dan for your valuable advice. Now I know what I need to do is listen more attentively and discern what exactly He wants me to do for Him. With His Grace, I never, ever want to fail Him again. He has been so loving and merciful to me. The way He has intervened in my life – not only during my whole life, but especially in the last 3 major 10-Year span of Milestones – has woken me up to the realization of just how much He loves me. At the moment, I feel I must re-dedicate myself as His Eucharistic Apostle of the Divine Mercy in spreading this Message wherever He sends us.

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