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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 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

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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 to find the path that the Lord has prepared to 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?

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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

School of Spiritual Formation

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Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction was formed in 2009 to disseminate faithful Catholic spirituality and to encourage and help anyone who has questions about our faith by answering those questions. We continue to add new bloggers, formed a book club, hold webinars, and formed the Avila Institute to fulfill this mission. And, we continue to develop new ways to help illumine the path to Heaven that God has prepared for you. It is... 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 explain what... Read More

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

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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


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 our development. She taught that God designed... Read More

Spiritual Mentorship Training Opportunity

December 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Spiritual Direction, Training and Education

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Dear Friends, The following is an announcement for a unique opportunity for spiritual mentorship training this coming year. Please read it and pass it along to anyone you know who might be called to be a spiritual mentor or spiritual director. We are particularly interested in having deacons attend. I plan to be there this year in May. I hope to see you as well. Catholic Spiritual Mentorship Program “Encounter leds to mission;... Read More

Spiritual Direction Through the Wind and Waves – Book Recommendation

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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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