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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 with Christ. Another... 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 PM EST This... Read More

Avila Institute Offers a “Journey of Growth”

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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 Orlando, Florida, in 1991. He... Read More

First Look at Fall 2015 Courses at Avila Institute

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First Look at Fall 2015 Courses at Avila Institute It’s back-to-school time…for your soul! Consider taking a course from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation this fall. Here are the courses we have confirmed. We will publish an updated list as soon as it is available. Note: This post has been updated with current offerings.   School of Spiritual Formation Courses: Foundations of Prayer and Union with God (SSF... Read More

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

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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, but they are, more... Read More

Summer: Time to Grow Spiritually – 2015 Summer Course List

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Our summer course listing for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is finalized and applications are due by next week! If you have been thinking about applying for some time or are just now considering it and have questions, please contact me (see below), I’m happy to be of assistance! School of Spiritual Formation Courses: Growth in Holiness: Doctors of the Interior Life Classes on Thursdays, 8:30-10:30 PM EST, July... Read More

Meet Dr. Michael Gama, Professor at the Avila Institute

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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 experience, he was missing something vitally important. He began reading extensively... Read More

You’re Never Too Old to Grow in the Spiritual Life

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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 and the question-and-answer periods... Read More

Meet Dr. Peter Howard, Avila Institute Professor

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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, Kansas, the United States... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute?

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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 spiritual theology may not... Read More

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