Catechetical Workshop

Made in His Image: Exploring the Theology of the Body, August 13

August 13, 2020
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saint John Parish Hall-Wellesley, MA
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"Let us make man in our image..." What does it mean to be made in the Image and Likeness of God? What does it mean to be created Male and Female? How do we help our students understand these profound realities so that they truly impact the way they live? Join our Workshop staff for a one-day program on helping students see the beauty of these realities through the lens of St. Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, 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 both formal and informal discussions.

Registration for this event is being handled through the Archdiocese of Boston. To register for this event click here.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Art Gallery
Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute for Teachers Spend time examining various pieces of art that depict the beauty of creation and the human person.

The Theology of the Body and Our Theology of the Heart: Jesus Proclaims the Gospel and Reveals Our Dignity
Dr. Donald Asci, Franciscan University of Steubenville Enjoy the first of two presentations by Dr. Asci, followed by Q & A.


Making Visible the Invisible
Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute for Teachers Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help students understand the spiritual realities communicated through the body.

Holy Mass


From Wonder and Fascination to Respect and Affirmation: What the Theology of the Body Teaches Us About Relationships Between Men and Women
Dr. Donald Asci, Franciscan University of Steubenville Enjoy the second presentation by Dr. Asci, followed by Q&A.

Male and Female He Created Them
Jose Gonzalez, Sophia Institute for Teachers 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.

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 led over 250 of our workshops in over 45 dioceses, 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.


Anne Rennie joins the team at Sophia Institute for Teachers with eight years of teaching experience in Catholic schools. She has also taught faith formation, confirmation classes, and RCIA in parishes. Anne’s experience also includes several years in the business world and in higher ed administration. She has a BA in Liberal Studies, an Apostolic Catechetical Diploma from Magdalen College, and a Masters in Theological Studies from Saint John’s Seminary in Boston.


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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