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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

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 Program in Spiritual Theology... Read More

Families from Around the World

August 16, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Dan Burke, Family, Training and Education

Saint John Paul II and Saint Gianna have been chosen as the two worthy Patron Saints to guide all in preparation and participation of this international event as they fully embody the history, mission and theme of the World Meeting of Families 2015. – Archbishop Charles J. Chaput Dear Friends, Thank you for your ongoing commitment to the work we do through the Avila Foundation to draw Christians worldwide into deeper union with... 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

Are you struggling with your prayer life?

February 9, 2014 by  
Filed under Spiritual Development, Training and Education

Prayer Life: Are you Struggling with it? “…Prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love….” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux)  It is with great enthusiasm that we announce a new endeavor to help God’s faithful find the path that the Lord has prepared for a life-changing relationship with Him, the School of Spiritual Formation. Dan Burke, Founder... 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

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  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... 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... 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

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