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Why Study Spiritual Theology?

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The Avila Institute, in addition to the School of Spiritual Formation, offers a Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology. This Spring we are offering three courses for new students: Bible and the Revelation of Prayer, Wisdom of the Saints from Athanasius to Bernard, and Mystery of Mary and Her Role in the Spiritual Life. The Spring Quarter begins February 22nd, and you can apply here.   7 Reasons... Read More

St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel

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Looking for a Christmas present for a loved one who is always wanting to learn more about their Catholic faith? Consider giving them the priceless gift of enrollment in a course at the Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation. It could be the most impactful gift you’ve ever given!   St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel   This winter, the Avila Institute will offer a course on... Read More

Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation – Winter Session

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School of Spiritual Formation Winter Session Many people are not aware that the Avila Foundation, parent organization of spiritualdirection.com, is also home to Divine Intimacy Radio and the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. Since 2013, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation has been instructing the faithful across the world in spiritual theology. The great thing about the School of... Read More

Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology

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Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology Are you looking for an opportunity to dive into the mystical tradition of the Church at the graduate level? Do you want to equip yourself to better understand the spiritual life in order to teach it to others? If so, the Avila Institute Graduate Program in Spiritual Theology could be right for you! Avila Institute Graduate Program   The online Graduate... Read More

Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life

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Questions on Encountering God in Prayer and Deepening Your Prayer Life How encountering God in prayer and deepening your prayer life can impact your life everyday. Why is the desire to have a relationship with God important? Dan and Melissa discuss their own encounters with God in prayer and scripture, and answer some listener questions. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What does it mean to be... Read More

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

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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 do you... Read More

Avila Institute: “Much Needed Haven”

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Recently, we received some correspondence from Sister Catherine Seychell, who shared her journey to the Avila Institute and how it continues to impact her. We’re reprinting it here, because of what a powerful story it is. We’ll be posting information on upcoming courses soon. My spiritual director had long been trying encouraging me to follow a course in spiritual direction. I was reluctant... Read More

Spend Fall Growing Closer to God

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It’s not too late to register for Fall 2015 courses at Avila! At the Avila Institute, our goal is to help students grow closer to Christ. We do this through teaching spiritual theology and, specifically, helping students deepen their relationship with Christ. This is more than knowledge; it’s an investment in your soul. This is our final course listing for the Fall 2015 Avila Institute... Read More

Contemplative Prayer: 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections

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Contemplative Prayer 30 Days with Teresa of Avila Day 21 Reflections Divine Intimacy Radio Dan and Melissa discuss stages of prayer and the transitions between the stages, focusing particularly on contemplative prayer. Join them as they reflect on letters of St. Teresa from the book 30 Days with Teresa of Avila. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is contemplative prayer, or contemplation? 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

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