Some professional organizations require their members to participate in professional development activities to increase their expertise in their practice or field and to keep their licenses current. Also, some professionals and apostolate leaders simply recognize the enormous value of ongoing education in their fields of service. Continuing Education is the term used to recognize the activities approved by certain organizations for professional development.

Those most likely to benefit from the Avila Institute Continuing Education program are those seeking to deepen their roots in spirituality in order to better enable their service to others. Among those who would benefit are:

    • Spiritual Directors: Spiritual Guides and Spiritual Mentors
    • Ordained and Religious: Priests, Deacons, Religious, Consecrated
    • Professionals: Therapists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Chaplains, Social Workers, Counselors
    • Apostolate Leaders: Catechists, Directors of Religious Education, Teachers, Administrators, RCIA Instructors

Continuing Education Courses are offered by the Avila Institute to students looking to complete any of the courses offered in the Graduate Program. Courses are just as rigorous as the Graduate Program but they are graded on a pass/fail basis. Once twelve courses are complete, a Certificate of Continuing Education will be awarded. Continuing Education students do not take the Apostolate or Long Retreat. The prerequisites to take Continuing Education Courses are a minimum of an Associate’s Degree or equivalent. Personal Enrichment Courses may be applied to a Continuing Education Certificate if all assignments required for Continuing Education are completed.

Graduate Studies Programs Offered: Winter Quarter (October to February)

  • Gift of the Holy Spirit and the Divine Indwelling
    • This course explores the theology of the Divine Indwelling and the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the life of faith. Besides the visible missions in which the Son and the Holy Spirit are historically manifest, there are invisible, spiritual missions in which the Word of the Father and the Fire of God’s Love are present to the soul in always new and more profound ways. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint John Paul II, and Saint Elisabeth of the Trinity help the Church understand this mystery through their theological explanations, pastoral applications, and doctrinal descriptions. By discerning the complementarity of their approaches, this course demonstrates how the ultimate end of the divine economy is anticipated in this life.
    • Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern Time
      • Dec 13, 20, Jan 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb 7, 21
  • The Spiritual Wisdom of Eastern Christianity
    • This course offers an introduction to the spiritual treasures of the Byzantine tradition of Christianity. The first part looks at the distinctive features of its rich liturgical piety. The second part extends this liturgical perspective to include the ways in which icons communicate the mysteries of the faith. And the third part examines the Hesychast tradition, focusing on the Prayer of the Heart.
    • Dates/Times: Thursdays, 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • Nov 30, Dec 7, 14, 21, Jan 4, 11, 18, 25, Feb 1

Graduate Studies Programs Offered: Spring Quarter (March- June)

  • Bible and the Revelation of Prayer
    • Starting with an overview of the revelation of prayer from Genesis to Revelation as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this course studies the use of the Bible in the Public Worship of the Church. The Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life while the Bible is the soul of theology. Exploring the relationship the Bible and the Liturgy opens up a vision of prayer filled with Patristic insight and the wisdom of the early Church.
    • Dates/Times: Tuesdays, 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • Mar 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8
  • Wisdom of the Saints from St Athanasius to St Bernard of Clairvaux
    • This course provides an overview of the spiritual doctrine of Saint Hildegard, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint John of Avila, Saint Teresa of Avila, and Saint John of the Cross. During the first five hundred years into the second millennium of Christianity, a host of saints rediscovered the power of mental prayer, devotion to Christ and the need for ongoing conversion summarized by Saint Benedict in terms of quaerere Deum, lectio divina, conversatio morum and habitare secum. Thus this second course on the wisdom of the saints flows from the first but is specified by the number of Doctors of the Church – most of whom have been declared only in the last fifty years.
    • Dates/Times: Wednesdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time
      • Mar 7, 13, 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9
  • Discernment, Degrees of Prayer, and Stages of Spiritual Growth
    • This course is based on St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Three Carmelite Doctors of the Church, Navigating the Interior Life, and Father Timothy Gallagher’s work.
    • Dates/Times: Thursdays, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Eastern Time
      • Mar 8, 14, 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10

Important Note: Students seeking continuing education should seek advance approval from their professional organization or employer to ensure that the content of our coursework meets the requirements of their organization or employer. We would be more than willing to help explain our program to your organization or employer as needed.