Catechetical Workshop

Created in His Image: Exploring the Theology of the Body, Diocese of Duluth

September 17, 2022
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Duluth, MN (St. Joseph's Church, Grand Rapids, MN)
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Parish Catechetical Leaders and Catechists in the Diocese of Duluth are invited to join us for a one-day program on the Theology of the Body. Explore St. John Paul II’s teachings on the Theology of the Body and how you can lead your students to understand what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, male and female. You’ll also explore ways to appropriately teach about purity as well as other sensitive topics related to the human body. 

You'll also receive a free copy of Human Sexuality: Understanding and Living the Theology of the Body, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with fully-developed lesson plans and activities that will help you bring your students into a deeper understanding of the Theology of the Body.

This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected scholar, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Registration for this Workshop is being handled by the Diocese of Duluth. To register click here.


Check-In and Breakfast

Program Introduction

Making Visible the Invisible
Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help students understand the spiritual realities communicated through the body.

The Theology of the Body and Our Theology of the Heart: Jesus Proclaims the Gospel and Reveals Our Dignity
Enjoy the first talk by Dr. Asci, followed by Q & A.


Male and Female He Created Them
Spend time engaging in hands-on activities that will help students understand more deeply what it means to be created male and female and in God’s image.

Holy Mass


From Wonder and Fascination to Respect and Affirmation: St. John Paul II's Reflections on the Song of Songs
Enjoy the second and final talk by Dr. Asci, followed by Q & A

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Art Gallery
Spend time examining various pieces of art that depict the beauty of creation and the human person.

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.



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.


Dr. Donald Asci is Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he has been a member of the Theology Department since 1998. He received his Bachelor of Arts in theology from Franciscan University, a Masters in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and the Family in Washington, D.C and both a Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology  from the Pontificia Università della Santa Croce in Rome, Italy. He has also served as Visiting Professor of Moral Theology at the International Theological Institute in Gaming, Austria. He has given numerous presentations in Europe and the US on Pope St. John Paul II’s teachings on sex, love, and marriage. Dr. Asci has published a book as well as several articles on marriage and sexual morality. Dr. Asci currently resides in Steubenville, Ohio, with his wife, Michelle, and their six children. 


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