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GRADUATE PROGRAM

The graduate program offers a comprehensive, in-depth education in Spiritual Theology taught by renowned faculty. Designed to be taken over eight quarters in two years, coursework can optionally be completed over three to four years. The program culminates with in-person apostolic and retreat experiences.

PERSONAL ENRICHMENT

The School of Spiritual Formation provides ongoing education from the depths of the Church’s mystical patrimony to anybody seeking a deeper relationship with our Lord. Students can enroll in courses for personal enrichment or work toward certificates in both Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Direction.

PRE-SEMINARY FORMATION

Avila Institute’s High Calling Program partners with dioceses across the country to offer integral formation in philosophy, theology, prayer and discernment for men who are discerning a call to the priesthood.

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Bible and the Revelation of Prayer - 1100

GP1000 – Introduction to Spiritual Theology

Dates: TBD
1100 - Bible and the Revelation of Prayer

GP1100–Bible and the Revelation of Prayer

March 18 - May 20, 2024
1210 - Wisdom of the Saints from St Athanasius to St Bernard of Clairvaux

GP1210–Wisdom of the Saints From Athanasius to Bernard of Clairvaux

Dates: TBD

GP1220 – Wisdom of the Saints from St. Hildegard of Bingen to St. John of the Cross

Dates: TBD
1300 - Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling

GP1300 – Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling

Dates: TBD
1400 - Theology of Divine Mercy Conversion and Suffering

GP1400 – Theology of Divine Mercy, Conversion and Suffering

March 12 - May 14, 2024

GP1500 – Spiritual Direction Foundations

Dates: TBD
SSF115 - Evangelization and the Spiritual Life

GP1900–Apostolate

2100 - Evangelical Counsels and the Beatitudes

GP2100 – Evangelical Counsels and the Beatitudes

Dates: TBD
2200 Discernment, Degrees of Prayer and Stages of Spiritual Growth

GP2200–Discernment, Degrees of Prayer and Stages of Spiritual Growth

March 14 - May 23, 2024
2300 Mystery of Mary and Her Role in the Spiritual Life

GP2300 – Mystery of Mary and Her Role in the Spiritual Life

Dates: TBD
2400 Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

GP2400 – Christian and Non-Christian Spiritualities

Dates: TBD
2500 Spiritual Wisdom of Eastern Christianity

GP2500 – Spiritual Wisdom of Eastern Christianity

Dates: TBD
2600 The Nature of Mystical Wisdom in the Life of the Church

GP2600 – The Nature of Mystical Wisdom in the Life of the Church

Dates: TBD
GP2900 Long Retreat

GP2900–Long Retreat

SSF101 Transformation in Christ

SSF101 – Transformation in Christ

Dates: TBD
SSF - Foundations of Prayer and Union with God

SSF102 – Foundations of Prayer and Union with God

March 20 - May 1, 2024
SSF105 Discernment of Spirits

SSF105–Discernment of Spirits

May 8 - June 26, 2024
SSF107 - Breaking the Chains that Bind Us

SSF107 – Breaking the Chains that Bind Us: An Introduction to Moral Theology

March 8 - April 19, 2024
SSF110 - Introduction to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

SSF110–Introduction to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity

Dates: TBD
SSF112 Introduction to Spiritual Direction

SSF112 – Introduction to Spiritual Direction

April 25 - May 30, 2024

SSF114 – God’s Plan for Marriage

Dates: TBD
SSF115 - Evangelization and the Spiritual Life

SSF115–Evangelization and the Spiritual Life

Dates: TBD

SSF116 – The Mass in the Old Testament: Approaching the Lord with Fear and Trembling

Dates: TBD
SSF117 - Exploring the Source and Summit

SSF117 – Exploring the Source and Summit

March 21 - May 2, 2024

SSF118 – Exploring Theosis

Dates: TBD

SSF120 – Unleashing the Power of Intercessory Prayer

Dates: TBD

SSF121 – The Christian Meaning of Suffering According to Saint John Paul II

Dates: TBD

SSF123 – The Road to Self-Awareness and Healing

Dates: TBD
SSF210 - Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

SSF210 – Holy Spirit in the Life of the Church

Dates: TBD

SSF213 – Grace Freely Given: A Thomistic Understanding of the Life of Grace

Dates: TBD

SSF214 Liturgies and Devotions of the Byzantine Rite

Dates: TBD

SSF222–Introduction to Saint Francis of Assisi

Dates: TBD
SSF223 Introduction to Saint Therese of Lisieux

SSF223–Introduction to Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Dates: TBD

SSF225 – Introduction to St. Teresa of Avila

Dates: TBD

SSF226 – Introduction to St. John of Avila

Dates: TBD

SSF227 – The Nuptials of the Word: St. Bernard of Clairvaux on the Song of Songs

Dates: TBD

SSF228 – Living at the Hand of the Lord: The Life and Thought of St. Edith Stein

Dates: TBD

SSF229 – Masterpiece of the Divine Artist

Dates: TBD
SSF230 - Introduction to St John of the Cross

SSF230 – St. John of the Cross and Our Journey into the Mystery of God

Dates: TBD
1220 - Wisdom of the Saints from Hildegard of Bingen to John of the Cross

SSF231 – From Healed Psyche to Divine Union: The Psychology of St. John of the Cross

Dates: TBD

SSF232 – St. Benedict and St. Therese: The Little Rule and the Little Way

Dates: TBD

SSF233 – How St. Benedict Changed the World

Dates: TBD

SSF234 – The Psychology of St. John of the Cross: Lovingly Moved into Our Right Minds

Dates: TBD

SSF235 – The Spiritual Wisdom of St. Thomas Aquinas

Dates: TBD

SSF236 – Saint Catherine of Siena: Radiating the Fire of Love

Dates: TBD

SSF237 – The Mystical Wisdom of the Desert Fathers

January 16 - February 20, 2024

SSF247 – Holiness: A Course in the Spiritual Classics

Dates: TBD
SSF248 Growth in Holiness: Doctors of the Interior Life

SSF248 – Growth in Holiness: Doctors of the Interior Life

May 2 - June 6, 2024
SSF249 - Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

SSF249–Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple

Dates: TBD
SSF251 - Marian Apparitions in the Modern World - Fatima Centenary

SSF251 – Marian Apparition in the Modern World

Dates: TBD
SSF273 - Spiritual Warfare in Modern Times CS Lewis and the Screwtape Letters

SSF273 – Spiritual Warfare in Modern Times: C.S. Lewis and the Screwtape Letters

Dates: TBD
SSF275 - Angels and Demons

SSF275 – Angels and Demons

May 7 - June 11, 2024

SSF276 – Discernment of Visions and Revelations in the Interior Life

Dates: TBD
SSF279 Healing the Imagination A Reading Course In The Lord of the Rings

SSF279 – Healing the Imagination: A Reading Course in the Lord of the Rings

Dates: TBD

SSF280 – The Mystical Wisdom of the Lord of the Rings

March 5 - April 9, 2024
SSF250 - Contemplative Prayer and the Angelic Doctor

SSF250 – The Mystery of Knowing and the Progress of the Soul in St. Thomas Aquinas

Dates: TBD

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