Under the patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the mission of the Avila Institute is to draw Christians worldwide into deeper union with Christ through mystagogically-oriented spiritual education and formation. As a part of the Avila Institute, the High Calling Program helps to form men who are drawn to consider a vocation as a Catholic priest, either in a religious community or a diocese. All the Avila instructors interact weekly with their students through written reflections exchanged in order to assist in the dual process of understanding and assimilating a priestly vocation.
The discernment of a calling to the priesthood ought to be supported by spiritual direction in every High Calling participant. For this reason, the Avila Institute has launched a new program for the training of priest-spiritual directors who will accompany each High Calling learner over the course of his academic experience. These specially chosen and highly trained priests offer their directees the chance to discuss openly and freely the challenges of their discernment process.