Avila Summit 2019: Awake

Spiritual Warfare – Pushing Back the Darkness

Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Hanceville, AL

July 12 – 14, 2019

Featured Speakers

Fr. Chad Ripperger
Theologian, Philosopher, Exorcist, and Priest

Fr. Bill Watson
President of Sacred Story Institute and Author

Dan Burke
President and Founder
Avila Foundation

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Featured Speakers

Fr. Chad Ripperger
Theologian, Philosopher, Exorcist and Priest

Fr. Ripperger is a leading expert in the area of spiritual warfare and exorcism. After being ordained a priest in 1997, he spent a year in a parish in Omaha, Nebraska, where he worked at the St. Gregory the Great Seminary, a diocesan seminary for the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. After spending four years working at the seminary, he was assigned to the Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, the main seminary for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in the United States, where he taught Dogmatic and Moral Theology and Philosophy for six years. He was also a pastor in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho for three years. Fr. Ripperger served as an exorcist for the Diocese of Tulsa in Oklahoma. He founded the Dolorans, also known as the Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother, a group of exorcist priests. He is a well known and sought-after speaker. His education and first-hand experience make his presentations highly informative and interesting. He always provides a plentitude of insights into the Catholic faith and traditions that give any listener an abundance of information on which to meditate. Fr. Ripperger is also the author of Deliverance Prayers: For Use By the Laity. 

Fr. William Watson
Priest, President of Sacred Story Institute, and Author

Fr. William Watson, S.J., D. Min., has spent over thirty years developing Ignatian programs and retreats used by Georgetown University, Seattle University, Santa Clara University, Gonzaga University and Loyola College in Baltimore. He has collaborated extensively with Fr. Robert Spitzer in the last fifteen years on Ignatian retreats for corporate CEO’s. In the spring of 2011 he launched a non-profit institute to bring Ignatian Spirituality to Catholics and Christians of all ages and walks of life. The Sacred Story Institute is promoting third millennium evangelization for the Society of Jesus and the Church by using the time-tested Examination of Conscience of St. Ignatius. Fr. Watson has served as: Director of Retreat Programs at Georgetown University; Vice President for Mission at Gonzaga University; and Provincial Assistant for International Ministries for the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. He received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 2009 from The Catholic University of America. He also holds Masters degrees in Divinity and Pastoral Studies.

Dan Burke
President and Founder | Avila Foundation

Dan is the President and Founder of the Avila Foundation, home of SpiritualDirection.com, Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, and Divine Intimacy Radio, Into the Deep Parish Programs, Apostoli Viae Community, High Calling Seminary Preparation Program, and FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to GodFinding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara30 Days with Teresa of AvilaInto the DeepLiving 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.

Speakers

Anthony Lilles

Dr. Anthony Lilles
Chief Academic Officer | Avila Institute

Dr. Anthony Lilles is the Co-Founder of the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation. He completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Living in Oxnard, CA with his wife Agnes, they are blessed to be parents of three young adults. Dr. Lilles also serves as Academic Dean of Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA and Academic Advisor of Juan Diego House of Priestly Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Having taught graduate level theology for over 20 years, Dr. Lilles specialized in Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction, and various classics of Catholic Spirituality. His expertise is the spiritual doctrine of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church. He’s the author of Fire From Above, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love and 30 days with Theresa of Avila.

Paul McCusker
Writer and Producer

McCusker began writing sketches and plays for his church, Grace Baptist, many of which were published and are still in print. Among his most popular plays are “Catacombs” and “First Church of Pete’s Garage”. In 1987, he was invited by Focus on the Family to help develop Adventures in Odyssey. He has also written 18 tie-in novels, including the “Passages” series. He won a Peabody Award for his work on Bonhoeffer: The Cost of Freedom. Paul has also dramatized C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, as well as A Christmas CarolLes MisérablesAmazing Grace, the Father Gilbert Mysteries and The Screwtape Letters. McCusker also writes novels. McCusker has continued his audio drama efforts with the Augustine Institute. McCusker now lives in Colorado with his wife and two children. In 2007 he converted to Catholicism.

Kathleen Beckman
President/Co-Founder | Foundation of Prayer for Priests

Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S. is the President and Co-founder of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, an international apostolate of prayer and catechesis for the holiness of priests. Having served the Church for twenty-five years as a Catholic evangelist, author, Ignatian certified retreat director, radio host, and writer, she is often featured on EWTN radio and TV. Having completed the Association of International Exorcists (AIE) course in Rome “Exorcism and Prayers of Liberation,” and formation at Mundelein Seminary, she serves in the Church’s ministry of deliverance and exorcism, assisting priests and their teams. Kathleen is the lay coordinator of her diocese’s deliverance, exorcism ministry. She’s on the advisory board of the Pope Leo XIII Institute and Magnificat. When a loved on was murdered, she experienced the diabolical nature of attacks on the family. Assisting at many major rites of exorcism, she witnesses Christ’s victory over evil. Sophia Institute Press publishes her books: Praying for PriestsGod’s Healing Mercy and When Women Pray.

Fr Sean Kilcawley
John Johnson

Fr. Sean Kilcawley
Director |Office of Family Life 

Fr. Sean Kilcawley is a nationally recognized speaker on Theology of the Body, Human Love and pornography addiction.  He served as assistant pastor at St. Joseph and North American Martyrs and taught Theology of the body at Pius X High School from 2005-2009.  In 2013 Fr. Kilcawley completed a License in Sacred Theology at the John Paul II institute for marriage and family studies in Rome and returned to the Diocese of Lincoln as director of Religious Education. Fr. Kilcawley currently serves as the Director of the Office of Family Life and theological advisor for IntegrityRestored.com.

John Johnson
Associate Director of the High Calling Program 

John Johnson is a graduate of the philosophy program at St. Mary’s College. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. For over a decade he worked at the parish level in the Diocese of Sacramento as a Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry where he co-founded several thriving ministries. John now serves as the Associate Director of the High Calling Program with the Avila Institute. He and his wife, Alexandria, have three children: Mary, Agnes, and John Jr.

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Due to the exclusivity of the event, all sales are final. A full refund of the purchase price will only be given for cancelled events.

The Shrine itself, both church and monastery, are modeled on the great Italian churches of the 13th century, the time period that experienced the birth of the Franciscan charism. The piazza through which pilgrims walk before entering the sanctuary itself is a standard of Italian sacred architecture, allowing the faithful time and space in which to recollect themselves interiorly and exteriorly in preparation for the experience of prayer and sacred liturgy. The piazza separates the sanctuary symbolically and in reality from the world around it, effectively creating an island of quiet reverence amidst the bustle of the world. At the doors of the church, pilgrims are greeted with scenes of the Seven Joys and Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, reminding all who enter that she is the vessel through which God entered incarnate into His creation.

Tentative Agenda

Friday, July 12, 2019

2:30 – 5:00 PM  

5:00 PM  

6:00 PM 

6:30 PM 

7:45 PM 

8:00 PM

Official Avila Summit Registration Begins

Dinner Served in St. Rafael Hall 

Opening Remarks

KEYNOTE 1

Compline in Main Church 

VIP Cocktail Hour with Summit Speakers 

Confessions Available in Main Church until 9:00 PM 

Saturday, July 13, 2019

7:00 AM

8:00 AM 

9:30 AM 

10:00 AM

11:15 AM 

12:30 PM 

1:00 – 2:00 PM 

2:00 PM

3:15 PM

5:00 PM 

5:30 PM 

7:00 PM

7:30 PM 

8:45 PM

9:00 PM 

Mass in Main Church 

Breakfast in St. Rafael Hall; Exhibitor Booths Open in Great Hall 

Lauds in St. Gabriel Hall 

KEYNOTE 2

BREAKOUT SESSION 1

Lunch Served; Exhibit Booths Open 

Confession Available in Main Church

KEYNOTE 3

BREAKOUT SESSION 2

Vespers in St. Gabriel Hall

Dinner in St. Rafael Hall

Avila Institute: High Calling Overview 

KEYNOTE 4

Dismissal 

Compline inMain Church followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Confessions Available in Main Church until 10:00 PM. 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

7:30 AM

8:30 AM

9:00 AM

10:00 AM 

11:00 AM  

12:20 PM

12:30 PM 

Continental Breakfast in St. Rafael Hall

Lauds in St. Gabriel Hall

Avila Presentation

KEYNOTE 5

Concluding Sunday Mass in Main Church 

Commencement 

Lunches To-Go Available 

Accommodations

As a Summit attendee, you are responsible for procuring your own accommodations. Below are suggestions.

*** Please note that there are no accommodations within walking distance of the Shrine so you will need to rent a car or arrange for transportation if you are not driving in. Information on transportation is below. ***

Accommodations in the area:

Home rentals are available through the Shrine website at https://www.olamshrine.com/visit/lodging/

Quality Inn, 810 Main Street NE, Hanceville, AL, 35077 | (256) 352-0151 | Click HERE for website

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2052 Hayes Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35058 | (256) 736-1906 | Click HERE for website

Comfort Suites, 2048 St Joseph Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35055 | (256) 255-5999 | Click HERE for website

La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2054 St Joseph Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35055 | (256) 775-9500 | Click HERE for website

Sleep Inn & Suites, 2050 Old Hwy 157, Cullman, AL 35057 | (256) 734-6166 | Click HERE for website

Car Rental Options

Car Rentals and Ground Transportation can be found on the airport websites

Yellow Cab

  • (205) 328-4444

American Cab Company

  • (205) 322-2222

Birmingham Door to Door – Birmingham International Airport

  • The estimated cost of a one-way fare from Birmingham to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is $80.00 (plus tip).
  • (205) 591-5550
  • www.birminghamdoortodoor.com

Uber

  • https://www.uber.com/
  • Or use the app

Accommodations

As a Summit attendee, you are responsible for procuring your own accommodations. Below are suggestions.

*** Please note that there are no accommodations within walking distance of the Shrine so you will need to rent a car or arrange for transportation if you are not driving in. ***

Accommodations in the area:

Home rentals are available through the Shrine website at https://www.olamshrine.com/visit/lodging/

Quality Inn, 810 Main Street NE, Hanceville, AL, 35077 | (256) 352-0151 | Click HERE for website

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 2052 Hayes Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35058 | (256) 736-1906 | Click HERE for website

Comfort Suites, 2048 St Joseph Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35055 | (256) 255-5999 | Click HERE for website

La Quinta Inn & Suites, 2054 St Joseph Dr NW, Cullman, AL 35055 | (256) 775-9500 | Click HERE for website

Sleep Inn & Suites, 2050 Old Hwy 157, Cullman, AL 35057 | (256) 734-6166 | Click HERE for website

Travel Information

Local Airports

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

Huntsville International Airport

Ground Transportation

Please ensure that you arrange for transportation if you are flying in. You will need transportation between the airport and your accommodations as well as between your accommodations and the Shrine for the Summit.

Car Rentals and Ground Transportation can be found on the airport websites

Yellow Cab

  • (205) 328-4444

American Cab Company

  • (205) 322-2222

Birmingham Door to Door – Birmingham International Airport

  • The estimated cost of a one-way fare from Birmingham to The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament is $80.00 (plus tip).
  • (205) 591-5550
  • www.birminghamdoortodoor.com

Uber

  • https://www.uber.com/
  • Or use the app

Shrine Dress Code and Policies

While in the Main Church (Temple) and the Lower Crypt Church, in order to show respect to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Blessed Sacrament, as well as to show a spirit of charity to the Nuns, the Priests and Brothers, and the other pilgrims who are Adoring our Lord, the Nuns request the following:

  • Please observe SILENCE when you enter the Main Church and Lower Crypt Church.
  • We encourage you to dress comfortably, but modestly. Please do not wear sleeveless tops, tank tops, shorts, or mini-skirts/skirts above the knee. Ladies may wear slacks. For your convenience, temporary apparel is provided at the Reception Desk, if need be.
  • If at all possible, please do not leave Mass in the Main Church before the Blessed Sacrament has been exposed and the Nuns have finished singing.
  • Please refrain from taking pictures and video inside the Main Church and Lower Crypt Church. There are many lovely pictures and postcards which you may purchase at the Gift Shop of El Nino in Castle San Miguel. You are welcome to take pictures anywhere else on the grounds.

Other Things To Do

EWTN: EWTN which is about 60 miles south of the shrine. If you choose to visit EWTN and are flying in, the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is much closer.

Ave Maria Grotto: Known throughout the world as “Jerusalem in Miniature,” is a beautifully landscaped, four-acre park designed to provide a natural setting for the 125 miniature reproductions of some of the most famous historic buildings and shrines of the world. Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Approximately 15 miles / 25 minutes north of the Shrine.

Souvenirs

The El Niño Gift Shop at the Shrine is open Monday through Saturday, 8:15 AM to 4:45 PM.

Refund Policy

Due to the exclusivity of the event, all sales are final. A full refund of the purchase price will only be given for cancelled events.

Avila Summit 2019 Sponsors

A special thank you to the organizations that have sponsored Avila Summit 2019. Please be sure to visit their websites for faithful Catholic information.

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It is difficult to pin down because it was really spiritually nourishing. I felt like I was at home and had a delicious meal with my best friends.

I loved Dr. Lilles’ talk on prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Christopher Carsten’s keynote talk on the liturgy and culture.

Cardinal Arinze’s three talks!

Perhaps I should have called it a banquet!

Meeting on-fire Catholics from far away lands!

The beauty of The Shrine! Bathrooms kept clean!

Every detail thought of, from the sunscreen and fans and notepads in bags to water coolers strategically located.

Delicious meals.

Hearing about Norcia.

Giving a young priest moral support.

Sorry, can’t stop at just 3!

1) Speaking personally with Dr. Lilles, meeting Dan, Stephanie, Debbie, John Johnson, Dr, Gama, Josh, Kristin and others from the Avila Institute.
2) The quality and message of the speakers, the beautiful singing, nighttime adoration, going to Mass and praying the LOTH together, being at the beautiful Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament.
3) Meeting people associated with the Avila Foundation from all over and the conversations we had.
The speakers.
The fellowship with students and faculty.
Holy Mass with Cardinal Arinze.
1. Just being at the Shrine and attending mass and confession.
2. Hearing the speakers; I loved them all.
3. Meeting people who attend AV and seeing them in person.
Cardinal Arinze
Father Calssian Folsom
Mass with EWTN priest!!
Adoration
The talks (a combo of all of them)
Confessions
1. Meeting/listening to Francis Cardinal Arinze live! Meeting/listening to Dr Lilles, Dan Burke, …and the guy who looks like Tom Hanks!…all in person
2. Touring the grounds of the Shrine. I stayed an extra day to peruse what I missed during the Summit.
3. The Divine Office interspersed throughout the program (nice unusual touch!), Mass and Confessions daily.
I enjoyed listening to Cardinal Arinze.
I enjoyed meeting my professors.
I enjoyed sharing with folks from all over the country.
The entire staff!!!! So very excellent!
Fr. Cassian- did not want him to stop talking. Very profound!
John Johnson’s breakout ‘Tradition, Betrayal, and the Beloved.”
Being with people of great faith, and with love of God, friendly people.
Meeting all of you in person, including Cardinal Arinze.
Being at a gathering where theological, liturgical matters were discussed.
Adoration.
Evening prayer in the Main Church.
Dr. Lilles talk.
Cardinal Arinze presentations.
The beauty of the grounds.
1. Meeting fellow AV members and Avila Institute students, professors. Really made the sense of family/community come alive!
2. The venue of being at The Shrine on such holy ground.
3. Speakers were wonderful!
Meeting Dan, Anthony, John, and all my Avila professors.
Presentations were wonderful.
Meeting my fellow students and building relationship.
1) Meeting Dan & Stephanie Burke and being treated so graciously and kindly by them!
2) Meeting Beth and sharing experiences about classes and spiritual life with her
3) Hearing all speakers, and knowing God was using their words to reach my heart!