Saturday, August 28, 2010

Called to Love Conference, Washington, DC, September 16-18, 2010

A Conference for Diocesan and Parish Leaders and Educators on John Paul II's Theology of the Body

The Center for Cultural and Pastoral Research is pleased to announce this upcoming seminar on John Paul II's "theology of the body." The conference will bring together an exciting group of speakers from around the country, all deeply engaged in scholarship or pastoral service, to lead an extended reflection and conversation on themes of direct relevance to marriage preparation and youth ministry, with broader application in all forms of Christian service. Topics include Christian identity and vocation, gender and sexuality, the meaning of self-gift and "saying forever," motherhood and fatherhood, the education of children, and the relationship between the Christian family and a post-Christian culture.

As the title indicates, this event is given shape by the insights of the recently published book Called to Love: Approaching John Paul II's Theology of the Body (Doubleday, 2009) by Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and Fr. José Granados, professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome and Washington, D.C. This book offers an unparalleled introduction to the "theology of the body" on account of its depth and fidelity to its source, as well as its pastoral character, which sheds light on the deepest human questions in an engaging manner.

We are delighted that Mr. Anderson and Fr. Granados will be with us to open the conference, and that the theater troupe Theophany will present John Paul II's thought in a particularly vivid way: through a rendition of The Jeweler's Shop, the pope's play about marital love. It is our hope that this seminar will afford those in attendance a fruitful period of meditation and conversation about the mysteries at the root of our common work to build a "culture of life" and a "civilization of love" (Evangelium vitae, 21, 27).

Conference Schedule

Thursday, Sept. 16

Session 1
7:00 p.m. - Opening Addresses: Carl Anderson,
Fr. José Granados

8:30 p.m. - Reception

Friday, Sept. 17

Session 2
9:00-10:30 a.m. - Being First a Child
- Fr. José Granados

Session 3
10:45 - 12:00 - Love is forever: Indissolubility
and Freedom
- Sr. Maximilia Um

12:00 - 1:30 - Lunch

Session 4
1:30-2:45 - Love is for another: Sexual Difference
- David S. Crawford

Session 5
3:00-4:15 - The Child as Gift
- Jennifer Widhalm

6:00 - Dinner

7:00 - Speaker: Anthony Esolen

7:30 - Performance of The Jeweler's Shop

Jeweler's Shop Playbill

Saturday, Sept. 18

Session 6
8:45 -10:00 - Raising a Child: Motherhood and Fatherhood
- Agata Rottkamp and Bill Beckman

Session 7
10:15-11:30 - Education - Mo Woltering, Michael Hanby,
Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J.

Session 8
11:45-12:45 - Body Ecology: A Human Environment
- Lisa Lickona

12:45-2:00 - Lunch

Session 9
2:00-3:15 - Does "the future of humanity pass by way of
the family"? - Jeanne Schindler

Session 10
3:15-4:15 - The Benedictine Heart: Benedict XVI on
Monasticism, the Family, and "Authentic
Human Culture" - David L. Schindler

4:30-5:15 - Closing Session - Panel with Q&A

5:30 - Vigil Mass

2010 Speakers' Biographies


To register, please select the appropriate form below and send to

Pontifical John Paul II Institute
ATTN: Meredith Rice
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20064

For questions, please contact or 202-526-3799.


Registration for clergy and Institute alumni: Called to Love Registration Form

Registration for general public: Called to Love public

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