• on August 16, 2012

Theology of the Body Symposium at Walsh University, Sept. 15, 2012

The Catholic Diocese of Youngstown and Walsh University will host a one-day conference on Blessed John Paul II’s Theology of the Body on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Barrette Business and Community Center.

“Theology of the Body” is the working title given to a series of 129 short talks delivered by John Paul II between 1979-1984. The talks provide a biblical reflection on the meaning of human embodiment as male and female, and how God reveals his mystery through the human body.

The day will begin with Mass at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel followed by registration and morning prayer. Keynote speakers will discuss the teachings of Blessed John Paul II on the human person and explore what it means to be created in God’s image in body and spirit. Those speakers are:

Fr. Brian Bransfield serves as the Associate General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He has served as the Assistant General Secretary, as the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis and as lead staff to the Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage. Fr. Bransfield studied moral theology with a specialty in marriage and family at The Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome and Washington, D.C., where he received his licentiate in Sacred Theology in 2003, and doctorate in Moral Theology with a specialization in the theology of Marriage and Family 2005.

Dr. Janet E. Smith, holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. She has two new books on bioethics — Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics and The Right To Privacy. She speaks nationally and internationally on Catholic teachings on sexuality and bioethics.

Bill Donaghy is a certified speaker on Theology of the Body and a speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute. He has spoken in Canada and throughout the United States to a variety of audiences, and appears regularly on Sacred Heart Radio. In addition, he has hosted a Catholic radio show, has published articles in The Catholic Standard & Times and St. Austin Review, posts regularly at CatholicExchange.com and runs several blogs dedicated to the New Evangelization.

Lunch is included in the $25 registration cost. To guarantee lunch and workshops, advance registration must be received by Monday, September 10, 2012. For a complete schedule of events and for online registration go to www.walsh.edu/tob. For additional details, contact the Catholic Diocese of Youngstown at 330-744-8451.

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