Theology of the Body Symposium
FOR YOUNG ADULTS (18-35)
19TH-22ND APRIL 2017
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The Sisters of Life are a contemplative/active religious community dedicated to protecting and enhancing the sacredness of human life. Their apostolic work involves not only a life of prayer, but of service to pregnant women in need of practical support, as well as hope and healing for those wounded by abortion. The Sisters open their homes to pregnant women, offering an opportunity for emotional, spiritual, and practical support. They also offer retreats, serve in the diocese Family Life office, and engage in the work of evangelisation throughout the world.
Formed for Love – Educator’s Day – New Approaches to Teaching on Human Sexuality
On 19 April 2017 there will be a one-day seminar for Catholic Educators with keynote lectures from Professor William Newton. This day will enable educators to understand the Catholic vision of the human person, drawing particularly, but not exclusively, from St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. We then will explore how this understanding of the human person can be applied to ‘hot topics’ such as same-sex marriage, gender theory, and euthanasia, before moving on to explore different ways to tackle these topics with young people living in our current culture.
Formed for Love – International Symposium for Young Adults
An International Theology of the Body Symposium for Young Adults (aged 18-35 years) will be held from 19 April (evening) – 22 April 2017. The symposium will offer an opportunity to explore the teachings of St. John Paul II with renowned theologian Professor William Newton. Participants can attend workshops, Mass, and participate in discussions around the key themes of Theology of the Body.
The Symposium will have participants from many different countries, but it is a special joy this year to welcome the Sisters of Life from America who will give the keynote address on Wednesday evening and remain with us throughout the Symposium. They are most inspiring and it is with great joy that we can welcome them to this country. I do hope that you will be able to participate in either the full Symposium or the Educator’s Day – but above all, please keep it in your prayer.