Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation

An online institute that draws Christians worldwide into deeper union with Christ, under the patronage of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

Avila Institute
Avila Institute (photo: Register Files / Avila Institute)

800 Cauthen Drive 

Montgomery, AL 36105

(833) 772-8452 

Enrollment: 400

Avila Institute Website


The Institution:

  • President’s Oath
  • Catholic Board
  • Catholic Faculty
  • Mandatum Required (in-progress) 
  • Theologians’ Oath


Campus Culture:

  • Mass and Confession (N/A) 
  • Speakers Vetted (N/A) 
  • Unobjectionable Clubs (N/A) 
  • No Coed Dorms (N/A) 
  • Health Services Okay (N/A) 


School’s Comments:

Institution: The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation is a live, online, interactive program that draws Christians worldwide into deeper union with Christ through mystagogically oriented spiritual education and formation focused on the faithful, mystical and ascetical patrimony of the Catholic Church. Our programs are geared toward all adults, with students ranging in age from 18 to 84. The Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation offers a graduate-level program for those looking to develop the skills needed to weave their faith into their occupations or to be a spiritual director or mentor. Also, the School of Spiritual Formation allows people to deepen their own spirituality and incorporate their beliefs and Catholic Tradition into their personal lives, helping to clear their path to heaven.

Campus Culture: Avila Institute has no physical campus. It is an online institute.

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)

José Benlliure Ortiz, “Leaving Mass in Rocafort,” 1915

On Suffering and Hope and Forever

‘In the Eucharist the sacrifice of Christ becomes also the sacrifice of the members of his Body. The lives of the faithful, their praise, sufferings, prayer, and work, are united with those of Christ and with his total offering, and so acquire a new value. Christ’s sacrifice present on the altar makes it possible for all generations of Christians to be united with his offering.’ (CCC 1368)