Catechetical Workshop

Christian Anthropology: Responding to Modern Challenges, Duluth

October 19, 2023
9:15 am - 3:30 pm
Diocese of Duluth (St. James, Duluth)
Duluth, MN • Directions

Teachers and Catechists in the Diocese of Duluth 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.

 

Registration for the Workshop is being handled by the Diocese of Duluth

Schedule


9:15-10:15am
Holy Mass

10:15-10:45am
Check-In and Refreshments

10:45-11:00am
Program Introduction

11:00-11:30am
A Clash of Anthropologies: Responding to the Current Culture
This session will explore the current secular cultural view and contrast it with the Catholic worldview.

11:30am-12:15pm
Scientific and Medical Considerations
This session will explore the science of sexual dimorphism and medical consequences of surgical procedures performed on those seeking to “transition”.

12:15-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:45pm
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 the key to addressing the problems that have arisen from gender ideology.

1:45-2:00pm
Break

2:00-3:00pm
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.

3:00-3:15pm
Additional Resources, Evaluation

3:15-3:30pm
Adoration

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.

Presenters

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Jose Gonzalez joined the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers in 2014 after more than 10 years as a Catholic high school teacher. In addition to teaching, Jose has experience working in parish and diocesan ministry. Jose has been leading Workshops in over 60 dioceses for more than 8 years, and contributes regularly to our teacher's guides and digital instructional resources. He has a BA in theology with a concentration in religious education from Franciscan University of Steubenville, and an MA in evangelization and catechesis from the Augustine Institute. Jose and his wife, Mary Beth, have four children.

Monica

Holding two Masters from the University of Dallas—one in Theological Studies and one in Humanities, Monica Ashour is an international speaker, author of 28 books, President and Director of Content Creation for the Theology of the Body Evangelization Team, known as TOBET. Named in 2010 by the Catholic National Register as one of the top six speakers on Saint John Paul’s seminal work known as the Theology of the Body, Monica and her team have completed a pre-school through 8th-grade program called The Body Matters for schools, faith formation, and family catechesis. It has been called a “game-changer.” Before becoming an international speaker, Monica served as a campus minister at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Texas A&M University from 1996 to 1999. There she launched the now nationwide Nun Run, in which young women travel around the nation visiting convents. Before and after her stint at St. Mary’s, Monica enjoyed 20 years teaching theology and literature in grade school and high school classrooms. Monica was the recipient of Bishop (now Cardinal) Farrell’s 2008 Pro-Life Award for Civic Action and was named to the Hall of Fame for her alma mater, Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth. Monica enjoys discussion groups, exercise, bridge, and coaching softball.

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