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St. Francis of Assisi: A Man of the Gospel

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 St. Francis as part of the School... Read More

Spiritual Direction Process and Index of Posts

Spiritual Directors

Spiritual Direction Process and Index of Posts Finding, Selecting, and Initiating a Spiritual Direction Relationship How do I find and select a spiritual director? How do I determine if a spiritual director is faithful to the Church? Finding a spiritual director – watch out for confused sheep Faithful priests are too busy… what do I do? How can I find a spiritual director? Concern about seeking out and approaching a spiritual... Read More

Can I Trust the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Training Program?

Can I Trust the Mercy Center Spiritual Direction Training Program? Dear Dan, I was searching for your spiritual direction training programs in my area and noticed an advertisement for the Mercy Center in Colorado Springs. Have you had a chance to evaluate them? Do you recommend them? Dear friend, the answer is yes I have had a chance to evaluate their program and another one in the area provided by Benet Hill Monastery and Retreat... Read More

Online Spiritual Formation Program – FAQ – The Avila Institute

May 13, 2013 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke, Training and Education

Online Spiritual Formation Program – FAQ – The Avila Institute We were overwhelmed and delighted with the incredible response to our new online spiritual theology program. This really is a dream for us and many have expressed the same is true for them! If you missed the announcement you can find more information HERE. We were delighted to be deluged with questions and applications. In order to help better explain what... Read More

Top ten reading list for spiritual directors (Updated – 2013)

Dan, now that you mention technical books on spiritual theology… I'm wondering what would be your top 10 list of books in that area. I'm especially interested in books that would be helpful for a priest that would like to engage more seriously in spiritual direction, or books that you would recommend to a seminarian or for a seminary course in the area of spiritual direction. I would appreciate your input. Dear friend, beyond... Read More

Spiritual Direction On the Rise

January 3, 2013 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Spiritual Direction on the Rise   Picture this: A person, young or old, is practicing the faith yet naturally wants to grow in his or her relationship with Jesus and become closer to God. Can the faithful – or should they – turn somewhere for guidance? They can. After all, didn’t Jesus send the disciples out two by two? Saints like Catherine of Siena have said something in our nature necessitates external support for... Read More

Spiritual Direction Through the Wind and Waves – Book Recommendation

Though much has been written on the topic of spiritual direction, modern wisdom is hard to come by. I was delighted to stumble upon a more recent treatment of the topic written for spiritual directors. Through Wind and Waves – On Being a Spiritual Guide by Francis Fernández-Carvajal is only the second book to make my list of must-reads for spiritual directors. There is no doubt that Father Fernández-Carvajal has a deep... Read More

Schools for Spiritual Directors: What’s Available that’s Faithful

Schools for Spiritual Directors What's Available that's Faithful Dear Dan, I have a two sided question that I would like to ask about schools for spiritual direction. Are there schools that I can call to see if I can find a graduate/director in my area? Secondarily, I think I might be called to provide direction to others. I do recognize the serious nature of this calling (the care of souls) and would like to pursue the necessary... Read More

Abp Naumann: Spiritual Direction & Spiritual Direction School

I recently had the opportunity to interview with his Excellency Archbishop Naumann of the archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas for Register Radio on an important work going on in his archdiocese to train spiritual mentors. Because of the time constraints of the show we had to cut it down quite a bit. Below you will find the content of the longer interview. Archbishop Naumann has a deep commitment to the spiritual welfare of those... Read More

How can I Become a Spiritual Director?

August 16, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

Dear Dan, how does one become a spiritual director? Are there any courses or programs or certifications required? I really believe I am supposed to help people in their faith but how can I make sure that I am really called to do something like this? When thinking about spiritual direction my mind is drawn to the incredible responsibility it is to have another soul placed in my care. No one in their right mind would want to have... Read More

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