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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 inquiries@MyAvila.com or 520-429-4524.

Avila Institute Offers a “Journey of Growth”

Fr José Bautista - SpiritualDirection.com

We have a number of priests who attend the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Today, I’m humbled to share the story that Fr. José Bautista shared with us of the journey of growth he has experienced thanks to Avila. Fr José Bautista Fr. Bautista is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Kissimmee, Florida. He’s originally from the country of Columbia and was ordained in the Diocese of... Read More

Why Take a Course When I Can Read the Book Myself?

June 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Nicole Garcia

Why Take a Course- - SpiritualDirection.com

Why take a course, spending your money and time on taking a course through the Avila Institute, when you can just read the books for yourself? We understand why you would ask. Here’s a top five list we’ve put together after talking with a few students: 5. The chance to interact with top-notch professors. Our professors have studied the material extensively. They are not only experts in their fields,... Read More

Meet Dr. Michael Gama, Professor at the Avila Institute

May 14, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Nicole Garcia

Avila Institute Professors Meet Dr. Michael Gama   Though Dr. Michael Gama was born and baptized Roman Catholic, his family left the Church when he was five years old. He was raised Evangelical Christian and then attended and graduated from an Evangelical college and seminary. After he graduated from seminary, Dr. Gama had a sense that, even with — and maybe because of — his educational... Read More

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... Read More

Meet Dr. Peter Howard, Avila Institute Professor

Dr. Peter Howard is one of our team of professors for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Theology. He lives in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and four children. He’s been working as Director of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen since 2006. Additionally, he is a videographer and speaker who has spoken at the 2012 Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita,... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute?

Why Study Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute? Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? Do you want to better understand your faith so you can pass it on to your children and share it with your friends? Are you a spiritual director, a parish employee or volunteer, or an ordained priest or religious? Is continuing education something that you struggle to find satisfying? Studying... Read More

Lives Being Changed Impacts Avila Institute Co-Founder

For Post on Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

Lives Being Changed   Recently, we asked Dr. Anthony Lilles, co-founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, what the biggest reward he experiences as co-founder, professor, and support of the Institute. He responded, Lives are being changed in ways I did not expect.  Some students share how they have encountered the Lord in beautiful and profound ways, and that as a result, they have... Read More

The Avila Institute Offers a Deeper Faith Understanding

Deeper Faith Understanding   It’s one thing to hear that taking courses from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is life-changing. It’s another thing to experience it. Brother Thomas Elias, FFR, wrote us about his experience: As a Third Order Regular Franciscan Brother, I was in search of understanding and furthering of my spirituality and knowledge of the Catholic faith and Catholic... Read More

Meet Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Professor at Avila Institute

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of the many incredible people who help to make the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation such a special institution. Dr. Joseph Hollcraft and his wife Dr. Joseph Hollcraft is no stranger to teaching. Over the past thirteen years, he has taught at the Middle School and High School levels, in addition to the University level. He is currently teaching the Transformation... Read More

3 Reasons to Consider a Course from the Avila Institute

Consider a Course from the Avila Institute Why might you consider taking a course with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation? Our top three reasons are: 1. Forming a closer relationship with Jesus by 2. Learning your faith through 3. Study and formation in a way that takes us beyond information into a deeper experience of God. Catherine Schembri recently completed her first course and shares... Read More

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