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My Family is Struggling and I Need Help…

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“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

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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

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 because in my country there... 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

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 God. [It] has become a fulfillment... 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

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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