ABOUT OUR COURSES

Theology of the Body Institute courses are unlike any retreat or classroom experience. They marry the two in a unique program that must be lived, and cannot be replicated through an online class or recorded talk. Theology of the Body Institute course participants travel from around the world for incredible personal formation and leadership training presented in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

They experience 30 dynamic hours of classroom time with Theology of the Body experts in 5-day courses held at retreat centers near Philadelphia, PA. Courses include: daily Mass, reconciliation, liturgy of the hours, rosary, adoration, and time for reflection, relaxation, and socialization. The camaraderie, spiritual renewal, and graduate level academic material offered through Theology of the Body Institute is unprecedented –a life-giving experience of the New Evangelization.

CORE COURSES

Theology of the Body I: A Head and Heart Immersion

The Theology of the Body I Head and Heart Immersion Course examines the main themes of Pope Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Focused themes include: creation in the image of God, fall and redemption, Christian ethics and ethos, freedom and person, gender and vocation.

*Note: This course is currently credited through Creighton University.

Theology of the Body II: Into the Deep

Theology of the Body II: Into the Deep builds upon and advances the material presented in Theology of the Body I. Particular attention is paid to Christian anthropology, with an emphasis on the body as not merely a reflection on sex, but a rediscovery of what it means to be human.

Prerequisite:
Theology of the Body I: Head & Heart Immersion Course

Theology of the Body III: The New Evangelization

Theology of the Body III: The New Evangelization examines the implications of Theology of the Body for the New Evangelization. It demonstrates that Theology of the Body not only teaches the meaning of sexual love, but also provides a compelling way to present the Gospel message to the modern world.
Prerequisite:
Theology of the Body I: Head & Heart Immersion Course
Theology of the Body II: Into the Deep

Catholic Sexual Ethics

Catholic Sexual Ethics reflects on the moral challenges raised by the sexual revolution in the 20th century. It examines chastity as a virtue, and looks at the specific issues such as: fornication, adultery, masturbation, chastity within marriage, contraception, and homosexuality in light of Theology of the Body.

Love and Responsibility Immersion Course

Love and Responsibility Immersion Course is devoted to Karol Wojtyla’s classic work Love and Responsibility. This course examines the philosophy of the human person and human sexuality that undergirds Theology of the Body. Course themes include: the meaning of the personalistic norm, sexual attraction as the raw material of love, male and female difference, conscious parenthood, shame and the true nature of chastity as a virtue.

Writings of Pope Saint John Paul II on Gender, Marriage & Family

Writings of Pope Saint John Paul II on Gender, Marriage & Family examines how Pope Saint John Paul II’s documents on these topics incorporate Theology of the Body. This course considers Theology of the Body in discussion of Pope Saint John Paul II’s writings: On the Christian Family in the Modern World, On the Dignity & Vocation of Women, and Letter to Families.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Philosophy of Pope Saint John Paul II

Philosophy of Pope Saint John Paul II presents a tour of Pope Saint John Paul II’s pre-papal thought focusing on his philosophical project of linking subjective and objective worldviews. This course places Theology of the Body in the context of Pope Saint John Paul II’s life’s work. It examines the themes of his dissertations, poetry, lectures, contribution to the Second Vatican Council, and books through the lens of Theology of the Body.

Theology of the Body and Art: The Way of Beauty

Theology of the Body and Art: The Way of Beauty invites students to see beauty as a path leading to God, and as a key to evangelization. Primary source materials include: Theology of the Body, Pope Saint John Paul II’s Letter to Artists, Pope Benedict XVI’s Address to Artists, and Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium in light of the Way of the Cross. Throughout the course, students are directed to focus their gaze on classical and modern works of art, especially paintings and sculpture, as well as poetry, music, and cinema.

Theology of the Body and the Interior Life

Theology of the Body and the Interior Life explores the relationship of Theology of the Body to the spiritual life. It offers a practical means to understand and respond effectively to the interior spiritual experience especially through St. Ignatius of Loyola’s teaching on discernment of spirits. This course helps students learn how to discern movements of the heart and their related thoughts, experienced through living Theology of the Body.

Theology of the Body and Vatican II

Vatican II and the Theology of the Body will not be two subjects pieced together but will take sections of the Second Vatican Council documents and examine how they coalesce with St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body and the Church’s magisterial texts addressing human nature. As Karol Wojtyla understood Vatican II as the theological loadstar of his Pontificate, we will also examine the impact of the Council on the man in particular. The course will address some of the historical factions, encountered on the right and left, in the post-Conciliar years and the impact this had on the lived realities of Catholics in the pews. Finally, we will take up the phenomenon of homosexuality and the Catholic response in light of the magisterial teachings of Vatican II, Karol Wojtyla, and Joseph Ratzinger.

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