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Teresa of Avila Society

Dear Friends,

I recently had the extraordinary privilege of being the first ever Catholic speaker at a very large Evangelical conference. You might be surprised to know that they asked me to speak on the wisdom of St. Teresa of Avila regarding the progress of prayer from those just beginning to pray to those who know the sublime reality of contemplative prayer.

This is the kind of groundbreaking opportunity the wind of the Holy Spirit is bringing to us at the Avila Foundation these first days of the Year of Our Lord 2016, the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  I continue daily to be amazed and humbled at the miracles God provides our apostolate, which are like stepping stones and lamps over rough and dangerous terrain. In all things, we trust the Hands of the Master to lead us.

Truly, it is your support that has made all this possible – you are meeting our Holy Mother Teresa’s call to be the hands and feet of Christ in this world – you are merciful Samaritans. My thanks go out to all our blessed donors whose giving is changing and nourishing the hearts of millions! It is with this gratitude that I lift you up in prayer every day.

In terms of the incredible fruits of your prayer and financial support, we have exciting news!

Avila’s 480 Circle of Care

First, I want to share the good news that we have raised $5,000 of the $6,000 we need to close the gap between monthly expenses and monthly giving. If you want to be a part of the 480 Circle of Spiritual Care, please give your recurring gift today of only $40 per month.

AND… Incredibly, we now have 9 of 10 hoped-for members of our new Avila Annual Fund Leadership Council – that represents a total of $90,000 in pledges over the next five years which our faith-filled philanthropic leaders have committed to giving us a place to stand in the Lord’s service. I praise God and I thank all of our new members…

If you would like to be the TENTH member, I invite you to email me at or click here to give a gift or 5-year pledge of $10,000::

The Teresa of Avila Society Webpage and Direct Mail Campaign


We have so much we want to do to foster the growth of the SocietTeresa of Avila societyy – from building a webpage for the promotion of devotion to St. Teresa to creating a direct mail program to reach more souls to join in an online community of spiritual support and encouragement!

We are looking for five major donors willing to give $50,000 each to make this great work of mercy happen. I can honestly say that for every dollar that is invested in this work, many more will be raised for the Foundation’s work in bringing authentic spirituality to Catholics around the world. It is an investment in the future of the spirituality of the Church.

If the Lord is speaking to your heart and you want to find out how your leadership gift can help us, please email me at and I will be happy to speak with you personally to discuss our plans.

Every Gift Counts

Remember – a gift in ANY amount qualifies you to become a member of the Teresa of Avila Society and to receive a holy card from us. Please consider a sacrificial Lenten gift to our ministry which is reaching so many souls!
Thank you from the depth of my heart.
Dan Burke


Art for this post on Teresa of Avila Society: One Thing Video Still 2015, courtesy of Dan Burke, personal photography, used with permission. Sainte Thérèse [of Avila] Francois Gérard, 1827, PD-US author's life plus 100 years or less, PD-US published in the U.S. prior to January 1, 1923, 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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