Peter SturPeter Stur got his Bachelor’s degree from a Technical College in former Czechoslovakia. As a young man he was eager to fight communist but after he got married and had a first child he decided to leave the country and seek freedom in West Germany where for first time in his life he had the opportunity to read the Sacred Scripture and subsequently he underwent a conversion.
In 1991 he arrived in Denver, Colorado and soon he had opened a high-end custom cabinetry business, and won a number of awards including Kitchen of the Year in 2007 according to Colorado Homes and Lifestyles Magazine.
As Peter’s love for God and His Church grew he became an avid and passionate speaker and had enrolled at the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality where he graduated in 2007 as a certified Spiritual Director and in 2010 as a Director of Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Peter is also certified as a Supervisor of Spiritual Directors and offers the Discernment of Charisms guidance as well.
Peter Stur is the founder of In Ipso ministry. He conducts parish missions, public speaking programs and directs silent retreats.
Dana SturDana received her degree in Travel and Tourism from a College of Economy in eastern European country, then called Czechoslovakia and at a time she met her husband she worked as a manager at a Mountain Resort in Slovakia. Together with her husband and a little son she fled the communist country to West Germany and in June of 1991 the Lord had lead them to make their home in Denver, Colorado.
After the birth of her third child Dana had experienced a conversion that have lead into desire of closer union with the Lord and after praying through the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola she felt the call to the ministry of Spiritual Direction and enrolled in classes at the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality in Denver, Colorado, that she had graduated from in 2007 as a certified Spiritual Director and in 2015 as a certified Director of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and has been a spiritual director in Lanteri Center as well as several parishes around the Archdiocese of Denver for the last nine years. She is a co-foundress together with her husband of the In Ipso ministry.
She and her husband, Peter, have been married 28 years and have ten children and four grandchildren.
Anthony Lilles, S.T.D. - Chief Academic Officer - Avila InstituteDr. Anthony Lilles, a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, completed his graduate and post-graduate studies in Rome at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas. Living in Oxnard, California with his wife Agnes, they are blessed to be parents of three young adults. Dr. Lilles also serves as Academic Dean of Saint John’s Seminary in Camarillo, California and Academic Advisor of Juan Diego House of Priestly Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Having taught graduate level theology for over 20 years, Dr. Lilles is specialized in Spiritual Theology, Spiritual Direction, and various classics of Catholic Spirituality. His expertise is in the spiritual doctrine of Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity and the Carmelite Doctors of the Church: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and St. Therese of Lisieux.
In 2012, Discerning Hearts published his book Hidden Mountain, Secret Garden: A Theological Contemplation on Prayer, a compilation of discussions with seminarians, students and contemplatives about the spiritual life. More recently, Emmaus House has published a book co-written with Avila Institute Founder, Dan Burke, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila.
Dan Burke, Chairman/President - Avila InstituteDan Burke is the President and Founder of the Avila Foundation, Executive Director of EWTN’s National Catholic Register, co-Host of Register Radio, an international speaker, author of the award-winning book Navigating the Interior Life – Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, frequent radio and television guest, retreat master, and founder of the award-winning site dedicated to authentic Catholic spirituality, Catholic Spiritual Direction. Dan lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with his wife and children.
Spiritual Formation Ministry
“Spiritual formation is not a task but a life in reality, which is God, who from all eternity created us for the union with Him, a life in Him, a life of loving relationship with Him.” -Peter Stur
“FATHER, … this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” -John 17:1, 3
“…the mystical life is not the result of extraordinary graces but the normal development and perfection of the grace received by every Christian at baptism.” -Fr. Jordan Aumann, O.P.
“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow Him to mold them accordingly.” -St Ignatius of Loyola
Spiritual Direction Ministry
"Do not be your own master and do not set out upon a way that is entirely new for you without a guide; otherwise you will soon go astray." -St. Jerome
“No one is a good judge in his own cause by reason of secret pride which may make him deviate from the right path” -Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange O.P.
“Anyone who relies on his own judgment will never reach perfection and will not be able to avoid the snares of the devil.” -St. John Cassian
Spiritual direction is a means of growing in the spiritual life through the direction of a trusted spiritual advisor such as a priest, religious, or qualified lay person and is based on a Christian belief that the mystical life is not the result of extraordinary graces but the normal development and perfection of the grace received by every Christian at Baptism.
Spiritual direction is not advice given in a confessional, it is not psycho-therapeutic assistance with moral and family issues, analysis, coaching or pastoral counseling. Spiritual direction deals specifically with a person’s relationship with God.
In Ipso provides spiritual direction for individuals seeking deeper life in Him. Spiritual direction includes regular meeting with a professional, trained lay spiritual director who will walk with the directed on his/her spiritual journey.
Everything discussed in Spiritual Direction is kept in strict confidentiality.
Types of Spiritual Directions Offered:
Silent Retreat Ministry
"Be still and know that I am God!..." -Psalm 46:11
Inspired by the teachings of St. Ignatius, In Ipso offers a four or eight day comprehensive, structured retreats further many of the principals introduced and practiced during its seminars and Spiritual Direction.
Like Jesus Christ, who ventured into the desert to be alone with God in prayer, every devout Catholic needs to separate time from their busy life to achieve a unity with our Lord. The opportunity to be with God in prayer, under the careful guidance of In Ipso faculty and priests, presents the greatest opportunity for participants to get to know God intimately and to develop a deeper inner relationship with Christ.
Ignatian retreat structure (daily):
- Holy Mass
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- Short presentation
- One on One meeting with a spiritual director for one hour to explore the unique experience of God’s presence in the retreat participants prayer, based on the suggested particular Scriptures
- Three to four prayer sessions meditating on the given Scriptures
- Opportunities for confession
If you are interested in an Ignatian retreat, click here to register for an upcoming event.
- 4 days - Feb 23 to 26 (2017) - El Tesoro Retreat Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Total cost is $295.00 (Food not included)
- 8 days - April 4 to 12 (2017)- El Tesoro Retreat Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Total cost $765.00 (Food not included)
- 4 days - April 27 to 30 (2017) - Nada Retreat Center - Crestone, CO
Total cost $315.00
- 4 days - Sept 21 to 24 (2017) - El Tesoro Retreat Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Total cost is $389.00 (Food not included)
- 8 days - Oct 13 to 21 (2017) - El Tesoro Retreat Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Total cost is $765.00 (Food not included)
- 4 days - Feb 23 to 26 (2017) - El Tesoro Retreat Center - Colorado Springs, CO
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." -2 Peter 3:18
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied." -Matthew 5:6
Peter has been providing Spiritual Direction, Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, giving Spiritual Formation presentations, and directing Silent Retreats for over a decade.
Dana is the business brains behind In Ipso Ministries, providing Spiritual Direction, Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, and directing Silent Retreats.
Peter and Dana are dedicated to helping individuals get closer to God. If you would like to have Peter come to your venue and give a presentation, or engage him for spiritual direction, please fill out the contact form below.
Peter and his wife Dana (pronounce it like Donna) have a unique and engaging life story with roots in Czechoslovakia while behind the iron curtain. They have been blessed with ten children and are currently residing in Colorado.
“I am a “cradle Catholic” who has had every advantage to learn all about my faith, theology, Sacred Scripture, and so on… my acquired knowledge about God hasn’t translated necessarily to knowing God. I took the opportunity to attend In Ipso seminar on prayer and what a blessing it was for me. What I learned was not a secret, new way to pray. No, instead, the wisdom of the church, its saints, its scriptures, in regard to prayer, was relayed in a simple, straightforward and compelling manner. I urge you to find a way to attend these classes offered by In Ipso . I hope you find, as I did, a clear path to find God in every moment of our day, to discern His will, and to find the peace that accompanies the presence of God. I think you will find this to be an opportunity for yourself and your family to grow your prayer life and closeness to God.” -R.K., Arvada, CO
“Thank you so much for your talk yesterday at Holy Ghost. It was a wonderful complement to what I am reading in Fire Within for class at the Augustine Institute, and was an extra kick for me to grow in my prayer life.” K.F., Denver, CO
“I wanted to send a quick note to say thank you…your talk this am was amazing…I am thankful that God introduced me to you!...You are saving souls…! J.B.,Littleton, CO
“I absolutely loved spending the day with you. I found your retreat message amazingly powerful...just what I needed to set a new higher standard (the line) on my spiritual journey.” J.J., Lone Tree, CO
“As I mentioned to you right before we left the retreat, …I have a new life. By this I meant I have a new goal. And my goal is our Lord. He has called me by my name and asked me to trust in Him and I will be guided. The more I spend time with Him in prayer the more I trust Him, and the more I trust Him the more I listen to Him. The more I listen to Him the more I realize the things I need to get better at. I have a lot of personal work I need to do in this world. And I want to be a better man every day and follow Him and do as he says. I need to be stronger every day. The closer I get to him the harder the fight, but I know I'm not alone. I really want to be ready for when the time comes to meet Him. “ J.H., Littleton, CO
“I am so thankful for your ministry. You have truly made me realize that I have been simply rowing out and quickly returning back to land and everyday life. I am ready to go to deeper waters with Jesus…” J.B., Englewood, CO