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Diocese Conducts "Theology of the Body" for Teens Training

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More than 130 men and women took part in a Diocesan sponsored training session on “Theology of the Body” for Teens. The day-long session, held July 31 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh, focuses on the teaching of Pope John Paul II.

The presenter was Colin MacIver of Ascension Press, a Catholic publishing house 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. The training is for Priests, DRE’s, parish youth ministers, high school teachers and parents.

Diana de Calle with Hispanic Faith Formation at Saint Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh said the workshop was important to her ministry. She says her parish is introducing a new religious education program for Hispanic teens and “Theology of the Body “will be a part of it. She says the Church needs to be a guide for our young people who are facing the challenges of new language, culture and environment. She says they are facing many conflicting messages at this time and that this explanation of God’s gift and love will be vital to their formation.

Ann Garrett of Saint Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest attended as a parent of two pre-teen age girls. She explained she is beginning the conversation with her children about dating and this gives her and her husband, Jeff, an excellent source to begin. “By explaining God’s love,” she says, “is a beautiful way to approach it.”

The Garrett’s are facilitators for the Diocesan Marriage Preparation program. “Theology of the Body” is part of the Marriage Preparation program and will be included in all of the Diocese’ catechetical programs.

The training in Raleigh was one of two sessions being offered. The training is also being offered at Saint Mark Church in Wilmington, August 1.

Above: Sr. Arcadia Rivera, Pastoral Administrator of Saint Joan of Arc, Plymouth, and other attendees at first of two training sessions held in the Diocese on “Theology of the Body” for teenagers.

Below: Lorene Diaz and Diana de Calle of Saint Raphael the Archangel Church in Raleigh attending the Diocesan training session at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Raleigh.