Catechetical Workshop

Made In His Image: Exploring the Theology of the Body, October 2nd

October 02, 2023
8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Immaculate Conception Catholic School (Dardenne Prairie, MO)
Dardenne Prairie, MO • Directions

We are excited for teachers from Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Dardenne Prairie 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, human sexuality, gender, and other topics related to Theology of the Body in age appropriate ways.

You'll also receive a free copy of either Human Sexuality or Everyday Theology of the Body, a supplemental teacher's guide packed with lessons 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.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Making Visible the Invisible
Spend time engaging in hands-on activities that will help your students see the spiritual realities communicated by our physical bodies and other created realities.

Understanding God's Plan for Man: A Basic Introduction to Theology of the Body
Enjoy the first of two talks by Deacon Anthony, followed by Q & A.


Male and Female He Created Them
Spend time participating in activities that will help your students see the beauty in the differences of being made a boy or a girl.

Holy Mass


How Theology of the Body is the Answer to Our Modern Challenges
Enjoy the second and final presentation by Deacon Anthony, followed by Q & A.


In His Image Art Gallery
Spend time exploring and reflecting on a variety of art images and discover how to use art to teach about various themes in the Theology of the Body.

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.



Mike Gutzwiller is the Director of Curriculum Development for Sophia Institute for Teachers. Since joining the team at Sophia in 2015, Mike has been the primary author and editor of the Spirit of Truth K-12 and high school textbook series and has led professional development workshops throughout the US. Mike is the former theology department chair at St. Thomas More High School in Milwaukee, WI. He earned his BA from Franciscan University of Steubenville where he majored in Theology and Catechetics and has an MA in School Counseling from Marquette University. Mike lives with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Addison, in Waukesha, WI.


Deacon Gerard-Marie Anthony is a deacon and Director of Religious Education for Holy Trinity Catholic Church. He received his B.A in Theology from Christendom College and his M.A in Theology from the Catholic Distance University.  He has written for numerous magazines such as Our Sunday Visitor, Mind and Spirit: Integrating Psychology and Faith, Ethics and Medics, the Black Catholic Ministries Newsletter, Deacon Digest, Lay Witness,  Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Immaculate Heart Messenger, CatholicMatch, and the Catholic Stand.   He also has two apostolates which are A M.O.M.S Peace (an organization that helps mothers experiencing the trauma of a miscarriage or stillborn birth) and Mother Of Light Center (which helps to bring the love of God to the homeless and those who are forgotten and abandoned). 


2089 Hanley Rd, Dardenne Prairie, MO 63368, USA

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