Theology of the Body is a teaching on what it means to be fully human — male and female. Theology of the Body is St. John Paul II’s first major teaching project as pope. It is a grand proposal to the world of the deepest meaning of life and love made visible in the body.


Theology of the Body answers the questions of every human life: Who am I? Why am I here? How can I be happy? Through the Bible and Catholic tradition, Theology of the Body explains that our bodies reveal the deepest mysteries of God and humanity. Theology of the Body offers that God wants us to know Him through our humanity: our sexuality, our relationships, our joys, and our struggles.


Theology of the Body proposes a fresh view of God’s love that leads to deep awareness of human dignity, identity, and purpose. This vision produces wonder, peace, joy, and a sense of reverence for oneself and others. Theology of the Body instills confidence in one’s ability to live life as a gift to the world.

What is Theology of the Body Institute?


The Theology of the Body Institute spreads the life-giving message of Theology of the Body through graduate level courses, on-site speaker programs and clergy enrichment training. Theology of the Body Institue seeks to penetrate and permeate the culture with a vision of true sexuality that appeals to the deepest yearnings of the human heart for love and union.

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The mission of the Theology of the Body Institute is to educate and train men and women to understand, live, and promote the Theology of the Body.


The Theology of the Body Institute envisions a world filled with men and women who freely embrace God’s glorious plan for their sexuality. Only from this foundation can an authentic culture of life and love take root and flourish. We aim to ensure that the teachings of John Paul II are promoted faithfully and effectively. Through our first-rate education and unique outreach programs, the Theology of the Body Institute will be a premiere resource for education and formation in Theology of the Body.