Heart of Christ is a spiritual direction training program. The program is grounded in Ignatian and Camelite Spirituality, based on a Catholic worldview, drawing on the wisdom of the Saints with an emphasis on biblical principles and the new evangelization. It is geared toward equipping interested individuals with tools to guide others spiritually. Each candidate will grow personally as well as learn how to assist others in their spiritual journey toward God.
There are two options for completing the program: one is local and the other is in collaboration with Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation.
For students interested in the local program information can be found here.
Now Accepting Applications
for Local Students for September 2019
Avila students: June 2019 class is full
Applications currently being accepted
for Avila Students for June 2020
The heart of Christ is always beckoning us to come and work “for the fields are ripe for the harvest.” If you are feeling a particular call on your life from the Lord to accompany others on their spiritual journey, consider exploring this program.
Vatican II proclaimed a universal call to holiness. Pope John Paul II, in his encyclical entitled Novo Millenio Ineunte, called all parishes to become schools of prayer. He challenged us to Duc in Altum – “put out into the deep”. In it he called for a New Evangelization.
“God has chosen to use human instruments to shape, mold, and bring us closer to him. This is because it can be very dangerous to direct oneself; the devil lurks in that ‘blind spot’ and waits to attack; others can see our faults and weaknesses better than we can, and a good director can tell us what’s hiding in our ‘blind spot’.”
Dan Burke, Navigating the Interior Life.