Catechetical Workshop

Male and Female He Created Them: Exploring the Theology of the Body, Austin, TX

November 02, 2021
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Diocese of Austin (Pastoral Center)
Austin, TX • Directions

"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 FREE 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 by the Dicoese of Austin office of Catholic Schools. To register, click here.

Schedule


9:00-9:30am
Check-in and Breakfast

9:30-9:45am
Program Introduction

9:45-10:30am
Making Visible the Invisible
Spend time engaging in interactive activities that will help students understand the spiritual realities communicated through the body.

10:30-10:40am
Break

10:40-11:25am
The Body Matters
Enjoy the first presentation by Monica Ashour with time for Q & A.

11:25-11:35am
Break

11:35am-12:05pm
Fearfully and Wonderfully Made Art Gallery
Spend time examining various pieces of art that depict the beauty of creation and the human person.

12:05-12:30pm
Scriptural Meditation

12:30-1:00pm
Lunch

1:00-1:45pm
God Made You and You Are Good
Enjoy the second presentation by Monica Ashour with time for Q & A.

1:45-2:00pm
Break

2:00-2:45pm
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.

2:45-3:00pm
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.

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 led over 300 of our workshops in over 50 dioceses, is the host of our new podcast, Christ in the Classroom, 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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