Individuals decide to enter the Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program for a variety of reasons. Most Certification Program participants desire to incorporate their in-depth, transformative study of Theology of the Body into their current or future ministries.
Theology of the Body Institute Certification Program participants receive a head and heart immersion in Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body through academic 5-day courses in a retreat atmosphere. Courses are presented at peaceful retreat centers near Philadelphia, PA, where participants are offered daily Mass, adoration, confession, and time for study, socialization, and networking. Upon program completion, they also obtain a credential to effectively witness to the life-changing message of Theology of the Body. Program participants have the option to audit courses or become certified.
Certification Track participants seek Theology of the Body Institute certification through attendance of six core and two elective courses. Participants complete assessments within 30 days of exam receipt, and must gain 80 percent competency before they may take another course assessment. Participants also read all Pope Saint John Paul II’s audiences on Theology of the Body and submit reflections based on grouped sections.
After all reflections are submitted, participants embark in a Practicum. The Practicum is a final project in which Theology of the Body is applied to specific topics. Some practicum options include: adult education series, study groups, homily series, formal Theology of the Body course instruction, or the creation of a teaching instrument/project through the fine arts.
Audit Track participants take classes for personal enrichment and spiritual renewal. They forgo course assessments and certification.