Why #GiveTOB? Here are some Highlights from Our Year!

It has been an exciting year for the Theology of the Body Institute! We wanted to share with you some of the amazing things that the Institute has been blessed to accomplish, because of your prayers and generous financial support:


We offered 9 courses – the most we’ve ever offered! – to 550 students.

Together we awarded over $60,000 in scholarships, enabling 145 people to attend our courses and retreats, who might not have able to otherwise attend.

We welcomed two new instructors to our faculty; Dr. Angela Franks, who taught our Love & Responsibility course and Rev. Benjamin Bradshaw who taught a brand new course “TOB & Vatican II.”

Jen Settle traveled to San Francisco, California to offer a Theology of the Body I course to 60 Missionary of Charity novices and Sisters.

Bill Donaghy taught our Theology of the Body I course to 60 Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) missionaries at the end of their training at Ave Maria University this summer.

We offered our fourth traveling Theology of the Body I in Miami, Florida, to a sold-out group.

Certification students completed their coursework. There are now 275 total students enrolled in the Certification program!

With God’s grace, we would like to award $40,000 in scholarships next year to ensure that no one is unable to attend a course due to finances.


Bill and Fr. Tom DeSimone traveled to Hawaii and trained 36 priests for the Diocese of Honolulu.

Rev. Brett Brannen and Bill offered our first installment in our Clergy Enrichment Program “Theology of the Body and Priestly Identity.”

We offered the second installment in our Clergy Enrichment Program “Theology of the Body and Priestly Prayer” with Rev. Cliff Ermatinger.

We continued development on the third and final installment “Theology of the Body and Priestly Mission,” which we plan to offer next year.

One Priest who attended both priest retreats this year, as well as three certification courses in the past, said:

“The priestly identity and priestly prayer retreats that I attended this year were an amazing time of prayer, reflection and meditation."
-Priestly Prayer Retreat participant


We sponsored our third International Theology of the Body Congress with over 900 Participants and 38 Theology of the Body experts in the Diocese of San Bernardino, California. This was our best-attended Congress yet!

We welcomed 70 sponsors and exhibitors to share resources with participants of the Congress.

We honored five organizations and individuals for their work in spreading Theology of the Body over different platforms. Award recipients included: Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, Jason & Crystalina Evert, Sr. Helena Burns, fsp, John Paul II Resource Center for Theology of the Body and Culture and the Diocese of Phoenix, and Amor Seguro.




Dr. Greg Bottaro and Mario Sacasa, LMFT delivered our first-ever retreat designed specifically for engaged and married couples. Over 20 couples heard how the good news of the Theology of the Body can transform their marriages. One couple said:

“After 11 years, I feel like we are going home to begin our marriage for the first time.”
-Marriage retreat participant

Finally, we have some exciting staff developments that we would like to share with you:

After four years as Executive Director of the Institute, Damon Owens discerned a change in ministry and in April returned to full-time speaking and writing on Theology of the Body. We are grateful for everything he has contributed to the mission of the Institute and are excited to see him out there speaking more!

After eight years at the Institute in various roles including as Director of Programs, Jen Settle took over as Managing Director of the Institute in April. We’re also excited to share that Jen completed her formation for Consecrated Life and will become a Consecrated Virgin in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in February 2017.

We hired a new Educational Program Director, Samantha Kelley, who comes to us after serving at another wonderful organization, FOCUS.

Emma Dallman (Marketing and Communications Manager) was married in April and after moving to New York with her husband, Mark, accepted a job with the Archdiocese of New York. We are happy for the Archdiocese to be gaining such a dynamic and wonderful woman for their team!

See videos from our staff members about how YOUR donations made an impact in 2016:

Bill Donaghy (Instructor and Curriculum Specialist), and his wife Rebecca adopted their fourth child, Kagan.

Carrie Archual (Educational Program Assistant and On-Site Clergy Event Manager) and her husband Andrew are expecting their third child.

Troy Norman (Former Information Specialist) said yes to the Lord’s call and entered the seminary for the Diocese of Burlington, Vermont. We are so blessed to have been a small part of his discernment process and could not be happier for him.

Theresa Lanchoney was married this month and began my new role as Development Manager for the Theology of the Body Institute.

Finally, Fr. Tom is completing his last year of a three-year assignment with us and will be returning to the Archdiocese of New York at the end of December. We are greatly indebted to him for the spiritual guidance and support he has given to the Theology of the Body Institute and our staff during his time here.

Needless to say, blessings abounded for the Theology of the Body Institute this year through your generosity; and we are so grateful. In the midst of these abundant blessings we are reminded that now, more than ever, the world needs the good news of the Theology of the Body; which, in its essence, is the good news of Jesus Christ.
In addition to sharing the fruits of this year, we would like to invite you to partner with us, as you have in the past, with a tax-deductible, year end donation. With God’s grace, it will bear even more fruit next year than the last. In particular we would like to award $75,000 in scholarships to ensure that no one is unable to attend a course due to finances, replace some liturgical items used at our courses, expand our staff, continue to offer transformational courses, complete our clergy enrichment offerings, and offer the marriage retreat again.