About The Congress
The National Theology of the Body Congress is:
- The most expansive gathering of marriage and family experts, enthusiasts, Church leaders, DREs and youth ministers ever assembled for review and discussion of this beautiful teaching in light of the Catholic position;
- Three days of more than 35 seminars, roundtable discussions, expert panels and keynote addresses featuring leading experts discussing a wide array of Theology of the Body-related themes and topics such as art and culture, Creed and catechesis,
- An opportunity for sharing and collaboration between key Theology of the Body leaders, catechists, Church leaders and teachers from around the country;
- A convergence of Catholic vendors specializing in Theology of the Body-related products and services as resources for furthering the message and teaching of this extraordinary body of work;
- A luncheon and two dinners, as well as artistic performances and a special awards presentation honoring individuals who have shown excellence in promotion and understanding of Theology of the Body;
- A chance for spiritual growth through Eucharistic adoration, reconciliation and daily mass, including a special mass offered by the chairman of our Episcopal Advisory Board, Justin Cardinal Rigali of Philadelphia.
The National Theology of the Body Congress has chosen the theme “Receiving and Proclaiming the Gift.” The call to be a “gift,” one of the central teachings of the Second Vatican Council, became one of the hallmarks of John Paul II’s pontificate. What he helped us understand, among other things, is that this call to be a “gift” – central to the Gospel itself – is inscribed by God in our very bodies.