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Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute

February 1, 2018 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Avila Institute, Kristin Aebli

Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute

“To give, and not to count the cost to fight, and not to heed the wounds, to toil, and not to seek for rest, to labor, and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do thy will” – St. Ignatius of Loyola

The Graduate program at the Avila Institute will help guide you through your Catholic journey of faith. The program involves twelve courses, an apostolic experience, and a retreat experience. Successful completion of the program prepares graduates to 1) deepen their relationship with Christ through mystagogical engagement with the ascetical and mystical riches of the Church and 2) engage in parish ministry, catechesis, and other apostolates or professions that require the animating life of Christ to achieve their mission. A graduate should be well prepared to enter training programs for spiritual direction and counseling with advanced standing.

One course, in particular, available this Winter quarter is The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer. The course starts with an overview of the revelation of prayer from Genesis to Revelation as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church and studies the use of the Bible in the Public Worship of the Church. The Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life while the Bible is the soul of theology. Exploring the relationship between the Bible and the Liturgy opens up a vision of prayer filled with Patristic insight and the wisdom of the early Church. The Bible and the Revelation of Prayer, taught by Dr. Michael Gama, is a graduate-level course that will provide familiarity with the Canon of Sacred Scripture in relation to the Revelation of Prayer. Dates/Times: Tuesdays 8:30-10:30 PM Eastern, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, and 8.

Another course available for second-year students, Discernment, Degrees of Prayer, and Stages of Spiritual Growth is based on St. Ignatius of Loyola, who founded the Jesuits and whose spiritual insights gave birth to Ignatian Spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises. In addition to Ignatian teachings, Dr. Anthony Lilles will explore the writings of the three Carmelite Doctors of the Church, the book Navigating the Interior Life, and Father Timothy Gallagher’s work. Classes will be taught on Thursdays, March 8 – May 10 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time.

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Art for this post, Explore Graduate Level Classes at the Avila Institute: Detail of Ignatius of Loyola adoring Jesus. Painting in the left nave of the church of San Pietro Martire (Peter of Verona) at Murano (Venice, Italy), picture by Giovanni Dall'Orto, July 16, 2008, license for any purpose provided copyright holder is properly attributed, Wikimedia Commons. 

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About Kristin Aebli

Kristin Aebli is the Event Coordinator and Marketing Assistant at the Avila Foundation, parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio. Receiving the position was providential and in God’s perfect timing. Although cradle Catholic, in college she reverted and became confirmed in the Church. Kristin graduated with a degree in Communications from Samford University and she still enjoys ministering to college students through the Samford Catholic Student Association. Kristin is happy to be a part of the Firelight college ministry, is involved with Apostoli Viae and also a Young Professionals Bible study. For fun, Kristin enjoys discussing theology with friends, recording her podcast "Catholic After Dark", dancing, singing, cooking, writing and painting. She hopes to continue growing in her faith through the sacraments and involvement with faithful community.

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