School of Spiritual Formation courses at the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation are designed to offer students an engaging study in the foundations and principles necessary to grow and flourish in their relationship with Christ. There are no previous education requirements.

Those interested in taking courses must apply to the Avila Institute’s School of Spiritual Formation Program. Upon acceptance into the Avila Institute, students will then be instructed on how to enroll in courses.

Upcoming Courses: Spring 2018 

Session One: March-May

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 21st

  • Introduction to St. Thérèse of Lisieux taught by Deacon Colin Coleman
    • Mondays: 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • March 5, 12, 19, April 2, 9, 16 (no class March 26)
  • Introduction to St. Francis of Assisi taught by Patrick Linbeck
    • Wednesdays: 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • March 21, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2
  • Discernments of Spirits Part One taught by Dan Burke
    • Thursdays: 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • March 22, April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 3

Session Two: May-June

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 26th

  • Evangelization and the Spiritual Life taught by Dr. Joseph Hollcraft
    • Wednesdays: 9:00 – 11:00 PM Eastern Time
      • May 9, 16, 23, 30, Jun 6, 13
  • Introduction to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity taught by Dr. Michael Gama
    • Thursdays: 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • May 10, 17, 24, 31, Jun 7, 14
  • Contemplative Prayer and the Beloved Disciple taught by John Johnson
    • Fridays: 8:30 – 10:30 PM Eastern Time
      • May 11, 18, 25, Jun 1, 8, 15

Important Notes:

  • Details are subject to change – check back for more information and changes. Or, to receive updates on upcoming courses and schedules, please email and ask to be added to the email list (emails are only sent a few times per quarter).
  • Classes are offered “live online” meaning students and professor join at a specific time for an interactive online environment. Students are highly encouraged to participate live, but if unable to, they have the option of watching the recordings after each class, so scheduling conflicts need not be a deterrent.

Yearly Schedule

School of Spiritual Formation Courses are offered six sessions a year with the following schedule:

Fall Quarter (September through November) offers two sessions:

Session 1 is September through October

Session 2 is October through November

Winter Quarter (January through February) offers one session:

Session 1 is January through February

Spring Quarter (March through May) offered two sessions:

Session 1 is March through April

Session 2 is April through May

Summer Quarter (June through August) offers one session:

Session 1 is June through August

Students can begin in any quarter throughout the year. Courses can be taken in any order.

Course Offerings

Courses are six weeks long and are $150 per course (full and partial scholarships are available).

For a listing and description of all courses, as well as information on earning a Certificate from the School of Spiritual Formation, please visit the School of Spiritual Formation page or contact our Admissions Counselor at

To apply, please click HERE.