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One of the Best Decisions of My Adult Life


As we near the close of registration for Spring Quarter courses, I thought I would share a particularly moving testimonial from a student at our Avila Institute.

Coming to the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation has been one of the best decisions of my adult life. Why? Because it has brought into focus the most important reason for my existence — to know and love God with all my heart, all my mind, all my soul, and all my strength. It has made me want to start anew each day, with God’s grace, to love and serve all of those around me. What I am learning is helping me to find God’s plan for me within my vocation as a wife, mother, and friend.

Participating in these classes, both in the Graduate program and School for Spiritual Formation with such faith-filled professors has opened my eyes to the beauty, the magnificence of our Catholic faith. But even more, each class has been an experience of God’s presence and interaction with and through everyone there. It has awakened and deepened my gratefulness for all the gifts of God through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Christ in the Eucharist, prayer, the Sacraments, the Gospels, and Sacred Scripture, the Blessed Mother, and from the wisdom of the Saints who have gone before us.

I thank God every day for this gift in the Avila Institute and that I opened it!

~ From a student at Avila Institute


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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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