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 $175 – $250 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, and four electives.
The program consists of two phases: Phase one with Avila Institute, and Phase two with Heart of Christ. A separate application is required to enter Phase II with the Heart of Christ. This application can be found on Heart of Christ’s website (link) and may be submitted when at least two of the required Avila courses are completed and the spiritual exercises are approved.
A. Four 6-week online courses through the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation:
Foundations of Prayer and Union with God
Discernment of Spirits I
Breaking the Chains that Bind Us: An Introduction to Moral Theology
Introduction to Spiritual Direction
B. The full Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (must be approved by the directors of Heart of Christ before beginning them):
The 30-day version, OR
The 19th Annotated version (30-36 weeks)
For further information on approval of the Exercises, contact the directors through: [email protected]
+Note: this requirement takes approximately 9 months to complete and can be
done while taking the Avila courses.
C. Submit an application to Heart of Christ after completing two of the Avila
courses. The application is located on heartofchristspiritualdirection.com.
For more information or to contact Heart of Christ, please click the following link: