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Hosting “The Future of Christianity?” in Aspen

July 7, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke

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As Fr. Hilton has been cycling across the United States this summer, we’ve been posting his updates and sharing his progress. Underlying his enormous efforts have been our efforts to bring the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation to Aspen.

In August, we’re honored to be part of the inaugural event, “The Future of Christianity?” We expect it to be lively and engaging for everyone involved.

The Schedule

Friday, August 14

  • 5:30 PM – Mass celebrated by Fr. John Hilton, pastor of St. Mary’s
  • Catered dinner
  • 7:30 PM – Presentation by Dan Burke

Saturday, August 15

  • 10:00 AM – Outdoor hike with Fr. Nathan Cromly
  • 11:30 AM – Presentation by Fr. Nathan Cromly at John Denver Sanctuary
  • 5:30 PM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly
  • St. Mary annual feast day potluck dinner
  • 7:30 PM – Presentation by Dr. Anthony Lilles

Sunday, August 16

  • 7:30 AM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly
  • 10:00 AM – Mass celebrated by Fr. Nathan Cromly
  • 11:00 AM – Roundtable wrap-up with Dan Burke, Dr. Anthony Lilles, and Fr. Nathan Cromly
  • Coffee and donuts

There will be child care available each day.

Register to attend by clicking HERE. For a one-page document listing hotels in and around Aspen, click here (link opens a PDF file).

The Speakers

Dan Burke

Dan Burke will reveal how God drew him out of despair, which came from the profound spiritual, physical, and psychological suffering of his youth, and how his life-changing encounter with God relates to the future of Christianity and how we can engage even in the face of growing hostility.

Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ

  • Member of the Community of St. John
  • Founder of Eagle Eye Formation Program
  • Responsible for many forms of evangelization and outreach to all age groups
  • Author and Speaker

Fr. Cromly will preach, and will base his comments on the Gospel readings of the day. He will the following thoughts in his reflections:

  1. The five aspects of the “missionary spirit” outlined by Pope Francis at the end of Evangelii Gaudium.
  2. The need for confidence in the Holy Spirit to proclaim the “newness of the Gospel with boldness” in the face of secularism.
  3. The response to secularism offered by the thought of Pope Benedict.
  4. The courageous witness to truth lived with a spirit of solidarity found in the preaching of Pope John Paul II.

Dr. Anthony Lilles

Dr. Lilles’ talk will be “Missionary Discipleship in the Wisdom of the Saints.” The presentation will propose Sts. Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, and Thérèse of Lisieux as witnesses to missionary discipleship that Pope Francis has asked the Church to embrace. The mission of the Church is to accompany men and women in the world today and to propose the presence of the Risen Lord as the answer to the deepest desires of each person and the difficult anxieties of contemporary life.

These three doctors of the Church remind us by their witness and spiritual doctrine that such discipleship is only possible when we take time in our prayer to seek and enter into the mystery of God’s heart, opened for us by Christ Jesus.  Here all programs, techniques, and methods can only be secondary to a personal encounter with the One who awaits us in love. Just as each of these saints advocate this personal relationship in prayer, the future of Christianity requires Catholics to welcome and deepen this friendship with the Lord in new ways, not only for themselves, but also to provide the world the word of hope it needs to hear.

Register to attend by clicking HERE. For a one-page document listing hotels in and around Aspen, click here (link opens a PDF file).

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, and his newest books Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep and Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Patricia

    May all moments of our life be for Him alone!

    -St. Therese of Lisieux

  • MaryofSharon

    As a big supporter and volunteer for Eagle Eye Ministries and the personal beneficiary of the spiritual guidance of Fr. Nathan Cromly in multiple settings, I am really excited about this new alliance of Dan, Dr. Lilles, and Fr. Nathan. Dan, if you don’t already know him well, you are going to love Fr. Nathan! Is there any chance this could be recorded somehow for those of us who can’t just hop on a plane and go to Colorado. Many of us are anxious about the future of Christianity in this strange new era and would surely be bolstered by this event. If nothing else, perhaps Fr. Nathan would like to record his presentations for his own YouTube channel.

  • Byron & June van Geyzel

    Greetings from Australia. My wife & I would like to come to Colorado, however with work commitments we are not able to make it this time around. Perhaps next year. If the sessions are recorded we would love to buy a copy.

    The future of Christianity is in God’s hands. If we all pray and ask Him to govern us with His people and by His laws, He will open out His hand and give us the desire of our hearts.


    Byron & June van Geyzel

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