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Meet Dr. Peter Howard, Avila Institute Professor

Dr. Peter Howard is one of our team of professors for the Avila Institute for Spiritual Theology. He lives in Aspen, Colorado with his wife and four children.

He’s been working as Director of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen since 2006. Additionally, he is a videographer and speaker who has spoken at the 2012 Midwest Catholic Family Conference in Wichita, Kansas, the United States Air Force Academy, parish retreats, and on Catholic radio.

Dr.Peter Howard -- Avila

“As a professor at Avila, there are two things I especially love from this privilege,” Dr. Howard shared with us. “The first is being actively involved in its unique mission to make accessible to the world the riches of spiritual theology, that, up to now, you would have had to go to Rome to study in order to have decent classes on it.

“As a professor with a doctorate in dogmatic theology, I know firsthand how easy it is to treat theology in a merely objective fashion —  where we merely learn about Christ and the mysteries of salvation, but we don’t personally encounter the living mystery of Christ in our souls (what we like to call the “mystagogical” approach to theology). I like to remind my students that Lucifer knows more about theology than we ever will on this side of eternity —but he never embraced the mystery and glory of God that comes only as a gift to those who humbly receive it.

“Secondly, I love the humbling, yet joyful, experience of witnessing the powerful transformation that takes place in the minds and hearts of Avila's students as they enter into the mysteries of our faith from this mystogogical approach we professors at Avila teach.  One cannot seek the face of Christ in such a way and not be left untouched.”

Dr. Howard served on the advisory board for the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Foundation and is the founder and president of The Fulton Sheen Society. He is also the director of the Catholic Hour grassroots movement, which is committed to bringing about an authentic spiritual renewal of all states of life: married, single, priesthood, and religious.

In addition to hosting “The Catholic Hour,” a television show in Aspen, he has served the Church in various capacities, from working for a metropolitan tribunal to serving as the director of communications, theological consultant, and executive assistant to Bishop Michael Sheridan in Colorado Springs.

Dr. Howard completed his Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) in Rome, Italy. His expertise is in Mariology, especially that of Venerable Fulton J. Sheen, which was the subject of his dissertation.

“At Avila, both professor and student seek His face together in every class,” Dr. Howard wrote us, “and as a professor of Mariology, it is a great joy of mine to do so through the spiritual magnifying glass of Our Blessed Mother.”


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Art: Dr. Peter Howard photograph used with permission.

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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. In 2018, he launched the annual Avila Summit held at Hanceville, Alabama. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband, father of four, and grandfather of one, the President and Chief Operating Officer of EWTN News, Inc., 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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