Catechetical Workshop

Male and Female He Created Them: A Catholic Response to Gender Ideology

March 23, 2023
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Archdiocese of Atlanta (Pastoral Center)
Smyrna, GA • Directions

Catholic school counselors and resource teachers in the Archdiocese of Atlanta are invited to join us for a one-day program on the Catholic response to gender ideology through examining ther Theology of the Body. Explore St. John Paul II’s teachings on the Theology of the Body and how you can lead students in your school community to understand what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, male and female. You’ll  explore ways to appropriately teach about purity, human sexuality, and gender.

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 strategies with ready-to-use practical materials. Share best practices with your fellow counselors and teachers, and engage in both formal and informal discussions.


Registration for this event is being handled by the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Please contact Nancy Dilly in the Office of Catholic Schools to register.


Breakfast and Check-In

Program Introduction

Making Visible the Invisbie
Engage in hands-on activities that will help students see the spiritual realities communicated by physical creation, including our bodies.

Teaching Theology of the Body to Tots, Kids, Teens, and Tweens
Enjoy the first presentation by Monica Ashour, followed by Q & A


Tips for Discussions with Students and Parents
Receive practical strategies for conversations on sensitive topics with students and parents surrounding issues of gender, sexuality, and pronouns.


A Pastoral Response to Gender Ideology
Enjoy the second presentation by Monica Ashour, followed by Q & A.


Helping Students Discover Truth Through Beauty
Examine various pieces of sacred art and how to use them to help students see the truth and beauty behind God's plan for their lives.

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.


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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