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Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Dear Friends, We are approaching a very special day in the Church and one that is particularly important to me. July 16th is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. It is a kind of second birthday to me as it was the day I was confirmed and received into the Church.

This year I am asking that you celebrate this day and join with me in a special prayer for a special group of people by praying a novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel with and for them. This special group of people are the first students of the Avila Institute who begin their studies in spiritual theology on September 11th.

My desire in this novena is to beseech Our Lady for special graces for their professor Dr. Anthony Lilles and these students that they might come to know and love Christ in ways they never thought possible through their diligent and prayerful engagement with our Lord through the lives and Spirit-inspired wisdom of the great saints. As well, this prayer will be part of an act of consecration of the Avila Institute to Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Please join with us beginning the novena this tomorrow for these intentions:

1.    That the students of the Avila Institute will come to a deeper and more profound relationship with Christ through their studies, prayer, and engagement with the Institute and other students.

2.    That the financial needs would be met for each student who desires to attend.

You can find the daily prayers HERE or on the Avila Institute website at under the “Student Link” tab and select “Calendar.” There you will find the prayers for each day leading up to the feast.

We are grateful to you for your prayers and support and hope to see each one of you in attendance at the Avila Institute one day.


Art for this post on the Novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel: The Virgin of the Carmen with Saint Theresa and Saint John of the Cross, Juan Rodríguez Juárez (1675 – 1728), PD-US, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, the High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer, speaker and pilgrimage director who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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