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Join Dan for His Avila Advocate Call


Join Dan for His Avila Advocate Call   Whether you support us, the Avila Foundation, by praying, volunteering, donating financially or sharing our work with others, thank you for being a partner in the work of the Avila Foundation. Your support for, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio move our ministry forward. We are grateful for all you do. I will be having a call... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology?


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 to Study Spiritual Theology   Avila... Read More

Discerning the Will of God with St. Ignatius of Loyola


Need a last minute Christmas gift for a loved one? Consider giving them a gift that could change their life forever by giving them a gift of enrollment in the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. We have extended the application deadline to December 28th for the Winter Session. Apply here.   Discerning the Will of God: St. Ignatius of Loyola and the Discernment of Spirits   Every Christian at some point in his or... Read More

We NEED You!

December 10, 2016 by  
Filed under Avila Foundation, Avila Institute, Dan Burke

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Dear Friends, Blessed Advent to You! I pray that your heart, as it longs for the coming King, will be fulfilled in this beautiful season of worship. Please allow me to be direct and to the point. We are in desperate need of your help. We are at a $30,000 deficit that we need to make up by the end of the year. If we have been a blessing to you and you support our work and can act now, please click HERE to help us close the gap. It... Read More

Avila Institute School of Spiritual Formation – Winter Session


School of Spiritual Formation Winter Session Many people are not aware that the Avila Foundation, parent organization of, 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 Spiritual Formation is that it... Read More

As Darkness Descends

The lighthouse at Peggy's Cove in Nova Scotia Canada at dusk as a storm grows.

As darkness descends in the U.S. and around the world, so the light of God is ascending in the hearts and minds of His people. As politicians and political systems fail us, Catholics and seekers alike are looking for more substantive answers regarding how to face this growing storm. Jesus, in the seventh chapter of St. Matthew’s Gospel, unpacks the answer to surviving and thriving in the storm. He reveals that those who build... Read More

My Family is Struggling and I Need Help…


“My son is a college student who is struggling with some very tough issues. As his mother, I realized I was not equipped to help him. I went to Mass weekly, went to confession yearly, and said my prayers, but it had simply become the minimum of what I had to do. After taking the course, Discernment of Spirits, I realized that the minimum would not help my family. I needed spiritual strength to support my son and, by making... Read More

Out of the Darkness: Spiritual Warfare and Discernment of Spirits


Sometimes we are in darkness and believe that the distressing feelings and thoughts originate from within our own souls when, in fact, they were inspired by the enemy and we merely accepted them as our own. Only through learning about and practicing discernment of spirits can we begin to recognize the voice of the enemy of souls and how we can reject that powerful whisper with the greater power of the liberating presence and truth... Read More

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 do you get started with the Avila... Read More

Living the Miraculous in a Time of Magic

November 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Healing, New Age


Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic The Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation is excited to announce a new course, Catholic in the New Age: Counsels and Resources to Live the Miraculous in a Time of Magic, being offered beginning in January, 2016. This course will compare and contrast key aspects of Christianity in comparison with the New Age religion. The... Read More

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