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The Avila Institute Offers a Deeper Faith Understanding

Deeper Faith Understanding


It’s one thing to hear that taking courses from the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is life-changing. It’s another thing to experience it.

Brother Thomas Elias, FFR, wrote us about his experience:

“As a Third Order Regular Franciscan Brother, I was in search of understanding and furthering of my spirituality and knowledge of the Catholic faith and Catholic spirituality and I found it in the Avila Institute. They offer the classes that have helped me to come to understand not just my faith but how my actions and reactions interact with my beliefs and faith and how to become more involved in the Catholic Church and to be a better Franciscan Brother.”

The Avila Institute was established to help people in all vocations to grow deeper in their formation and relationship with God.

These experiences are shared by our students in all vocations – priests, deacons, religious and lay people – because our common vocation is the vocation to holiness.

We founded the Avila Institute in order to serve all who seek to develop a deeper relationship with our Lord. If you find yourself looking for a way to turn your heart more completely to God, consider one of our courses or programs.


For more information on any of our programs, please contact us at or visit

With live, interactive, online courses, the Avila Institute can bring the classroom to you no matter where you are located in the world. Want to know more about what the Avila Institute has to offer you? Read more here.


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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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