Students meet weekly under the tutelage of a professor and prayerfully dive into study – exploring the Christian mysteries in ways ever ancient and ever new.
Open to All
The school of Spiritual Formation is open to any adult, Catholic or not. While some level of catechism or knowledge of the faith would be helpful, it is not required. Lessons and readings are accessible and lucid to all, yet deep, intelligent, and challenging.
As an option, students in the School of Spiritual Formation may work toward a certificate in Spiritual Formation or a Certificate in Spiritual Direction.
Courses are six weeks long and are $150 per course (full and partial scholarships are available).
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All courses are live, online and interactive.
Students interact live with professors and with other students
Students meet once a week for 6 weeks. Each class session is 1 to 2 hours in duration.
Grading for all School of Spiritual Formation courses is on a Pass/Fail basis.
Certificate in Spiritual Formation
Eight Courses are necessary to earn a Certificate in Spiritual Formation from Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation Program. This is typically accomplished over a period of 18 months. Courses must include: Intro to Moral Theology, Source and Summit, Foundations of Prayer, Discernment of Spirits I, Discernment of Spirits II, and three electives.