Theology of the Body for Teens. . .

Published on Jul 17th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

A training session with Brian Butler

By Erin McGeever

In his Wednesday audiences between 1979 and 1984, Blessed John Paul II reflected on Scripture references in order to answer questions on basic humanity.  The ‘Theology of the Body’ is Pope John Paul II’s integrated vision of the human person – body, soul and spirit. As he explains,the physical human body has a specific meaning and is capable of revealing answers regarding fundamental questions about us and our lives.

Teens and pre-teens are in a confusing time of quest and discovery, especially with issues concerning their bodies, their sexuality, their future and how they relate to others.  They need and deserve the correct answers.

The Theology of the Body for Teens Program (TOB) seeks to answer their questions in a practical and enjoyable format by answering the following questions:

      Who am I?
What is the difference between love and lust?
What does our sexuality teach us about God?
How do I discern my vocation to marriage, priesthood, single life or consecrated life?
How do I deal with bullying, gossip, peer pressure, pornography, etc.?
What if I have already messed up?
And more…

The Diocese of St. Augustine’s Office of Christian Formation (OCF) will provide both high school and middle school leadership training on Theology of the Body for Teens [click here for flyer]. This training is for all youth ministers, teachers, catechists and clergy who work with pre-teens (6th-8th grades) and teens (9th-12th grades).  

The middle school training is Friday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Orange Park. The high school training will be on Saturday, August 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. also at St. Catherine of Siena Parish. Brian Butler will be the presenter both days.

The middle school and high school programs are different from one another.  Likewise, the training manuals and other materials are also different.

Middle School:  $45 for those serving in the Diocese of St. Augustine and $65 for those from outside the diocese.

High School:  $50 for those serving in the Diocese of St. Augustine and $70 for those from outside the diocese.

The OCF is providing more than half of the costs of bringing the training to the diocese.
Deadline for all registrations is August 9.

For more information, contact Erin McGeever in the Office of Christian Formation at: or call (904) 262-3200, ext. 118.