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Getting Started at the Avila Institute as Easy as Ready, Set, Go!

Getting Started at the Avila Institute   So you have this ache to better know God and respond to His call on your life but formal education just seems too intimidating? Well, in the hopes of encouraging you past this obstacle, we work hard to make the process very easy! So you’ve decided that studying spiritual theology is for you. (Not sure? See “Why study spiritual theology?”) Now, how... Read More

Give Yourself an Eternal Education

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Give Yourself an Eternal Education [Avila Course] “I am a better Christian and [a] more humble and prayerful priest because of the three courses I have done with the [Avila] Institute,” wrote Fr. Teboho Martin Makoro, one of the priests who benefits from the education we offer. Our focus at the Avila Institute is on teaching spiritual theology and, specifically, helping students deepen their relationship... Read More

Back to School for your Soul

Back to School for Your Soul

Who says back to school can’t have an eternal impact? Here’s a look at the courses we have lined up for Fall 2015 at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. The deadline for new student registrations is coming up soon: August 10! Getting started is easy. School of Spiritual Formation Courses: Foundations of Prayer and Union with God (SSF 102) Session 1 (September 7 – October 12); Mondays, 8:30-10:30... Read More

The Eternal Impact of the Avila Institute

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I wanted to share some of the feedback we’ve recently received because it highlights why we are so passionate about the work we do at the Avila Institute. What we’re aiming for is an eternal impact. Will you help us achieve it? Gerald Kamalanathan wrote from India: I sincerely owe so much to the Avila Institute, which has been a great and wonderful door for grace and blessings from the Trinitarian... Read More

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

June 23, 2015 by  
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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

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

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

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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

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