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Families from Around the World

August 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke, Family, Training and Education

Saint John Paul II and Saint Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy Patron Saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World Meeting of Families 2015. – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the work we do through the Avila Foundation to draw Christians worldwide into deeper union with Him. I am writing today to ask for your prayers and help with a very special mission this September.

God willing, we plan to participate in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from September 22 – 27. We need your support to bring our message where it is needed most — to visiting Church leaders and all Catholics from around the world! We will have an informational, interactive booth on-site with brochures, books, media displays, and other materials that reveal our worldwide efforts to draw hearts to God.

This week-long international event of prayer, catechesis, and celebration seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to witness the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society. The Church leaders who attend are poised and committed to bringing spiritual renewal to the families in their care and service. As a partner of the Avila Foundation, you know the crucial importance of spiritual formation in that effort. Specifically, the Avila Institute prepares such leaders to deepen their own spiritual lives so that they accomplish the work God has given them empowered by His grace and work in their souls.

In order to get our message out and share our educational resources with the international leaders and Catholics who attend, we need your help. This wonderful opportunity for face-to-face encounters can’t happen without your support.

Will you consider a mission partnership gift in any amount to support our presence at the World Meeting of Families? We need to raise approximately $10,000 to cover the cost of attendance for four team members, including exhibit fees, travel, hotel, and registration fees.

Please click below to donate now to help us with this important outreach.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment, support, and prayers. As part of the Avila Foundation family of donors, volunteers, and prayer partners, you are supporting spiritual renewal at a time when it is needed most. Your gift will travel far and wide on our mission to the World Meeting of Families this September.

Please pray that as we reveal the work of the Avila InstituteSpiritualDirection.comDivine Intimacy Radio, and our other resources that God will allow us to serve an even broader audience around the world.

Yours in Christ,

Dan Burke

PS: Any funds raised above our expenses will be applied to scholarships for priests, deacons, religious, and the faithful poor.

The Avila Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your donation is tax deductible as allowed by law.

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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, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, 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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  • martianne stanger

    Good luck with your mission.

  • Rebecca Johnson

    Our prayers are with you on this mission.

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  • Joe Sales

    This is very exciting. Offering my prayers for this exciting experience.

  • Ashley Selland

    This is neat. I hope you can reach your goals and share the message.

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