The Avila Institute offers Personal Enrichment Courses to those looking to learn more about the rich spiritual patrimony of the Catholic Church as well as for those looking to deepen their relationship with the Lord. It is a chance to enrich your life by increasing your knowledge with convenient online courses. All Graduate Program courses are offered as Personal Enrichment courses, but the amount of work and grading is not as rigorous. Courses may be taken in any order and each course is awarded a Certificate of Personal Enrichment upon completion. The prerequisite to take Personal Enrichment Courses is a desire to deepen one’s faith.
Who can or should take personal enrichment courses? The answer is anyone who desires to deepen their faith but whose time and other circumstances require a less rigorous approach than the graduate level program. Here’s a snapshot of those who can and will benefit from this coursework:
- Individual Catholics Seeking to Deepen Their Faith
- Spiritual Directors: Spiritual Guides, Spiritual Mentors, etc.
- Ordained/Religious: Priests, Deacons, Religious, Consecrated, etc.
- Professionals: Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Chaplains, etc.
- Apostolate Leaders: Catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Teachers, Administrators, etc.
From a practical standpoint all the classroom and text content is the same as the graduate level coursework. In the graduate program, the amount of time spent on work outside of the classroom would be two hours for every one hour inside the classroom. Each class is two hours long. In the Personal Enrichment program a student can assume the outside of class work to be reduced by 1/3 to 1/2 the graduate level workload. Mid-terms and finals are not required but can be taken if a student so chooses. Personal Enrichment students do not take the Apostolate or Long Retreat.