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Theology of the Body Training Set for Youth Ministers

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One of the most important documents released by Pope John Paul II before his death in 2005, was “Theology of the Body,” the late Holy Father’s vision of the human person based on Scripture. The teaching is for people of all ages and vocations since it addresses the essence of the humanity - body, soul and spirit.

Theology of the Body is included in the Diocesan Marriage Preparation program and will become part of all faith formation programs in the Diocese. Later this month, two workshops are being offered titled “Theology of the Body for Teens.” The sessions will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh on July 31 and in Wilmington on August 1. They are designed for Priests, DRE’s, parish youth ministers, high school teachers and anyone working with teens.

The day-long sessions will be presented by Colin MacIver of Ascension Press, which has developed the program designed especially for teenagers. MacIver is a teacher at St. Scholastica High School in Covington, LA and youth minister at St. Anselm’s Parish in Madisonville, LA.

MacIver says the sessions “will provide a vision of Theology of the Body and the beauty of its teaching that will touch the hearts and minds of those present. They will see how helpful this can be for their ministries,” he added.

MacIver says parents also find the session helpful, especially those involved in home schooling or those who want to discuss the subject with their teens at home. “For me as a youth minister,” MacIver says, “I found the sessions tremendously beneficial.” He says those attending find it very helpful to be able to talk it out and to discuss it with others.

Everyone attending the sessions will receive a leadership booklet, which includes the Theology of the Body teaching as well as teaching guides and activities.

Registration is $75.00 per person through July 17. Cost after that date is $90. Registration is available on the Diocesan web site for each of the two sessions under Calendar of Events.