Catechetical Workshop

Christian Anthropology: Responding to Modern Challenges, Diocese of Charlotte, NC

March 07, 2024
9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Charlotte, NC (Hickory Catholic Conference Center)
Hickory, NC • Directions

Catechetical Leaders, Catechists, K-12 Catholic School Teachers, and Youth Ministers in the Diocese of Charlotte are invited to join our team for a one-day Workshop on addressing gender ideology. Explore the truth of the human person, the reality of sex, and the magnitude of the cultural influences of gender ideology from a societal level to your local community. Learn facts about gender dysphoria, transgender identification, and the psycho-social, medical, and surgical interventions to align the appearance of the body with self-determined identity. Understand Church teaching on the dignity of the person and medical ethics of “gender-affirming care” and the meaning of true accompaniment for vulnerable persons and help for those who are suffering. Finally, receive activities, lesson ideas, and practical tools to help guide you in navigating this difficult issue with your students.


Holy Mass

Check-In and Refreshments

Program Introduction

Defining the Human Person through Images
Examine sacred art and other images to discuss how Christian anthropology and gender ideology define the human person.

Theological Considerations: A Basic Overview of Theology of the Body
Spend time reflecting on the beautiful teachings of the Theology of the Body and how it is one key to addressing gender ideology


A Clash of Anthropologies
This session will explore the current secular cultural view and contrast it with the Catholic worldview.


Scientific and Medical Considerations
This session will explore the science of sexual dimorphism and the effects of psycho-social, hormonal, and surgical interventions on transgender-identifying individuals.

A Pastoral Response: Practical Tips on Accompanying Students and Parents
Learn what the Church truly means by accompaniment and receive practical strategies to help guide students and parents who are hurting.

Additional Resources, Evaluation

Join us, and you'll receive…

Catechetical Formation

Catechetical Formation

Engaging sessions by a catechetical scholar provide background knowledge so you can confidently engage students with our Faith.

Spriritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

You'll explore your vocation as a teacher, coming to see your calling as a witness to Christ in the classroom.

Practical Application

Practical Application

A veteran teacher follows each scholarly presentation with research-based teaching strategies, giving you immediate ways to apply this knowledge in the classroom.

Ready-to-Use Materials

Ready-to-Use Materials

Receive a free, classroom-tested teacher's guide featuring 10-12 lessons with classroom activities and sacred art.



Veronica Burchard is the Vice President for Education Programs at Sophia Institute for Teachers. A former teacher, she works with teams of teacher authors, pilot teachers, and scholars, to lead the Education Programs team’s efforts to carry out its mission through the development of classroom materials and professional programs. Veronica holds an MA in English, and joined the Sophia Institute team after spending 7 years in the classroom and 9 years at a non-profit organization dedicated to serving educators by developing curriculum and hosting professional development workshops.


Susan serves among the leadership of the Person and Identity Project, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. The Person and Identity Project offers formation, workshops, and pastoral guidance on transgender issues and the human person. Having taught philosophy to undergraduates and Catholic seminarians since 1985, Susan Selner-Wright recently retired from St. John Vianney Theological Seminary where she held the Archbishop Chaput Chair in Philosophy. Her specialty is the metaphysical thought of St. Thomas Aquinas. She is the author of the Endow study guides, St. Thomas for Beginners I and II as well as a number of articles in professional journals. Her most important academic work is an edition and translation of Thomas Aquinas’ De potentia Dei, Q. 3, published by Catholic University of America Press under the title, On Creation. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BA, PLS, 1983) and the Catholic University of America (MA, Philosophy, 1986; PhD, Philosophy, 1992).

1551 Trinity Ln, Hickory, NC 28602, USA

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