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Avila Institute Courses Can Change Your Life – Testimonials

October 5, 2017 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Kristin Aebli

Avila Institute Testimonials Are you looking to delve into the breadth and beauty of the Catholic prayer tradition? Are you being called to develop a higher relationship with our Lord? Do you yearn to know how to deepen your prayer life? The Avila Institute offers an array of life-changing courses for the faithful from all sorts of different backgrounds. We aim to instruct students in the rich mystical tradition of the Church... Read More

Getting Started at the Avila Institute Easy as Ready, Set, Go!

Getting Started at the Avila Institute So you have this ache to better know God and respond to His call on your life but formal education just seems too intimidating? Well, in the hopes of encouraging you past this obstacle, we work hard to make the process very easy! So you’ve decided that studying spiritual theology is for you. (Not sure? See “Why study spiritual theology?”) Now, how do you go about getting started with... Read More

The Eternal Impact of the Avila Institute

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  I wanted to share some of the feedback we’ve recently received because it highlights why we are so passionate about the work we do at the Avila Institute. What we’re aiming for is an eternal impact. Will you help us achieve it? Gerald Kamalanathan wrote from India: I sincerely owe so much to the Avila Institute, which has been a great and wonderful door for grace and blessings from the Trinitarian God. [It] has become... Read More

Why Take a Course When I Can Read the Book Myself?

June 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Avila Institute, Classes, Dan Burke

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Why take a course, spending your money and time on taking a course through the Avila Institute, when you can just read the books for yourself? We understand why you would ask. Here’s a top five list we’ve put together after talking with a few students: 5. The chance to interact with top-notch professors. Our professors have studied the material extensively. They are not only experts in their fields, but they are, more importantly,... Read More

Why Study Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute?

Why Study Spiritual Theology through the Avila Institute? Are you looking to deepen your relationship with God? Do you want to better understand your faith so you can pass it on to your children and share it with your friends? Are you a spiritual director, a parish employee or volunteer, or an ordained priest or religious? Is continuing education something that you struggle to find satisfying? Studying spiritual theology may not... Read More

Lives Being Changed Impacts Avila Institute Co-Founder

For Post on Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

Lives Being Changed Recently, we asked Dr. Anthony Lilles, co-founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, what the biggest reward he experiences as co-founder, professor, and support of the Institute. He responded, Lives are being changed in ways I did not expect.  Some students share how they have encountered the Lord in beautiful and profound ways, and that as a result, they have found strength and new determination... Read More

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... Read More

Meet Dr. Joseph Hollcraft, Professor at Avila Institute

Today, we’d like to introduce you to one of the many incredible people who help to make the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation such a special institution. Dr. Joseph Hollcraft and his wife Dr. Joseph Hollcraft is no stranger to teaching. Over the past thirteen years, he has taught at the Middle School and High School levels, in addition to the University level. He is currently teaching the Transformation in Christ course... Read More

3 Reasons to Consider a Course from the Avila Institute

Consider a Course from the Avila Institute   Why might you consider taking a course with the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation? Our top three reasons are: 1. Forming a closer relationship with Jesus by 2. Learning your faith through 3. Study and formation in a way that takes us beyond information into a deeper experience of God. When Catherine Schembri completed her first course she shared this: “The online lecture... Read More

Among Avila Texts, Bible and Catechism Rank First

Bible and Catechism Rank First!   Ranking first among the texts we use for courses at the Avila Institute are two books that every Catholic should not only own but should know very well: the Bible and Catechism of the Catholic Church. All our professors understand these to be indispensable for spiritual formation and growing closer to God. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states, “The Church ‘forcefully... Read More

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